Although the majority of the Duke coaching staff’s time has recently been devoted to the NCAA tournament, the Blue Devils continue to be active of the recruiting front as well. Here is an update on where Duke’s efforts to wrap up the class of 2010 stands. Tomorrow, we will provide an update on class of 2011 Duke prospects.
Michael Haynes – Duke remains very interested in this 6’6” 230 pound forward. The coaching staff is high on the toughness that Haynes exerts on the basketball court and feels that his skill set would be a nice addition to the 2010-2011 team. Haynes still has few academic issues to work out though. He is expected to take his college board exams in the first half of April. If things go well on these tests and he qualifies for Duke then the coaching staff will very likely make him the final member of the class of 2010.
Trey Zeigler – The relationship between Duke and Zeigler cooled some time ago after not much interest was shown in the Blue Devils. Duke has contacted Zeigler here and there in recent weeks, mainly on a casual basis though. The latest rumor on Zeigler is that he and his father Ernie (a college basketball coach) will both end up at UCLA. Ernie could take the UCLA assistant coaching position that recently opened up when Donny Daniels left.
CJ Leslie – Rumors arose from the McDonalds High School All-American games that Duke had contacted 6’9” power forward CJ Leslie. However, these rumors are 100% not true. This story mainly came from the throngs of media the event. Duke coaches do not see Leslie as a good fit for the team.
Carrick Felix – Felix arrived in Durham last night and briefly met with the team after the Selection Sunday show. Today, Felix will tour the Duke campus and meet with academic advisors and the admissions staff. If all goes according to plan Felix will be declared academically eligible for Duke. Felix is the top target remaining for Duke in 2010 and the Blue Devils are hopeful for a commitment from him in the next few weeks if not sooner.
Michael Haynes – Duke’s interest in Haynes remains high. A few academic issues continue to prevent the Blue Devils from making an official scholarship offer to Haynes. However, the Duke coaching staff will continue to keep tabs on Haynes’ academic progress in the coming weeks. If Haynes can get things worked out academically then there is a strong chance that Duke will offer him a scholarship as the Blue Devils are very interested in adding a player of his skill set.
Cleveland Melvin – Things are unlikely to progress much farther with Melvin. Duke made their initial contact and evaluation, but the general consensus was largely that Melvin’s skills overlap with Felix. Overall, the Duke Coaches want to diversify the abilities of their small forwards next year which is why the staff is considering the athletically gifted Felix and the strong and sturdy Haynes. It is unlikely that Duke will pursue Melvin. If things do not work out with Felix and Haynes, and if Kyle Singler decided to go pro then the staff may take another look at Melvin down the road but right now he is not a target.
For Duke Basketball fans, very few things are more pleasing than Saturday night’s 82-50 drubbing of rival North Carolina. However, it turns out that there is more good news for Duke fans. In addition to the win over UNC, Blue Devil supporters will be pleased to know that 6 top recruits and prospects were in the house for the victory over the Tar Heels. Attendees from the class of 2010 included Kyrie Irving, Michael Haynes, and Josh Hairston. Also attending were Michael Gbinije and TJ Warren from the class of 2011. The final attendee was highly ranked recruit Shabazz Muhammad from the class of 2012. All in all, the victory over UNC was a great night for Duke Basketball in more ways than one.
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Michael Haynes, a 6’6” 225 pound power forward of the class of 2010 visited Cameron Indoor Stadium on Sunday Night for the Duke vs. Virginia Tech game. Duke began recruiting Haynes about a month when Coach Nate James visited the power forward at his high school in Virginia. The Blue Devils are looking to land one more recruit for their class of 2010. Currently, Duke is considering Haynes, small forward Carrick Felix, and shooting guard Trey Zeigler. After the Blue Devils’ victory over Va. Tech, Coach James spent some talking to Haynes and his family about Duke. Stay tuned to Blue Devil Insider, as we will continue to have updates on Duke’s plans to finalize the class of 2010.