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News & Notes – Tyler Adams, Austin Rivers, Justin Anderson

The AAU basketball season is underway and this typically leads to a pickup in recruiting information.  Here are a few newsworthy items from this weekends Boo Williams Invitational.

Justin Anderson – When asked about his dream school Anderson replied “Duke”.  Anderson is a highly ranked SF from the class of 2012.  The Duke staff will be checking in on him this summer.

Tyler Adams – Adams has been openly talking about his feelings for Duke at Boo Williams and everything he says has been very positive.  We expect Tyler to visit Duke later this spring (likely in June).  There is a very strong chance that Adams commits either during or in the weeks following the visit.

Austin Rivers – Rivers has also spoken very highly of Duke while at the Boo Williams tourney.  He mentioned to BDI that he called the Duke coaching staff both before and after Duke’s national championship game on Monday.  Rivers is still not saying what his official timeframe is for a decision, but there are strong rumors going around at Boo Williams that it will occur in late summer or early fall.

Stay tuned to BDI for more Duke recruiting news.

2011 Recruiting Update – Rivers, Adams, Miller, Plumlee

Yesterday, Blue Devil Insider reviewed Duke Basketball recruiting activities for 2010.  Today, we will take a look at class of 2011 prospects.  Recently, Duke scored its first commitment for 2011 when 5-star wing forward Michael Gbinije verbally committed to the Blue Devils.  While this was a great start to the class, Duke is far from done.   For 2011, several major prospects are on Duke’s “wish list”.

Tyler Adams – Duke began recruiting the 6’9 260 pound Adams early this winter and their relationship with the rising power forward has been growing ever since.  Recently, this culminated in a scholarship offer to Adams and Tyler has since gone on record as saying Duke is his leader.  Right now, the staff is hoping to get Adams to Durham for a campus visit in June.  Duke definitely likes where they stand with Adams and if all goes according to plan he could officially be a member of the Blue Devils sometime this spring or early summer.  The coaches are impressed with Tyler’s work ethic, low post skills, toughness in the paint, and his strong family upbringing.  There is another bright spot for Duke in this recruitment as well, his father is reportedly a longtime fan of Duke Basketball.  Stay tuned to BDI, as more good news on Adams could be on the way in the coming weeks.

Austin Rivers – As you have probably heard by now, UNC is jumping into the race for Austin Rivers.  While Duke fans will not be thrilled about North Carolina’s participation in this recruitment, sources close to Duke tell BDI that the Blue Devils are still in excellent shape with the 5-star guard.  With that said though, Rivers is very likely to consider a few other teams besides Duke and Florida before he makes an official college choice.  The Rivers family is very serious about this process and they want to make sure that Austin finds the right school to play his college ball at. 

Overall, Duke’s relationship with Rivers continues to show signs of strength.  In his online diary with High School Hoop, Rivers acknowledged that he emailed the Duke coaches to congratulate them on reaching the Final 4.  Additionally, Rivers called the Duke staff after the team made both the Sweet 16 and the Final 4 to congratulate the coaches & players.   Needless to say, the actions of both sides in this recruitment remain very positive.

It is likely that activity in the Rivers recruitment will pick up very soon.  BDI has learned that Rivers is very likely to de-commit from Florida in the coming weeks.  Rivers will play in the ESPN Rise tournament this weekend which is basically the end of his high school basketball season.  With high school basketball out of the way look for Rivers to have a renewed focus on his recruitment.

 There are a few final points to note on the Rivers recruitment.  If/when he does de-commit do not be surprised if other major basketball powers get involved.  UCLA, UCONN, and Kentucky would be the likely contenders here as they are programs his father has talked about in the past.  Finally, Duke will be very active with Rivers during the upcoming AAU season.  Expect the Duke coaching staff to follow Rivers very closely at summer tournaments and camps.  The staff would also like to have Rivers back on campus for another visit sometime this spring/summer.  Although no official timeline has been given for a decision, we expect Rivers to finalize his college choice in late summer or this fall.

Quincy Miller – The Miller recruitment continues to get more complicated as time passes.  At this point, many of the major national basketball powers have thrown their name into the hat for his services including: Kansas, Georgetown, Kentucky, Syracuse, Texas, and others.  Brian Clifton is now heavily involved in his recruitment and this may or may not be a good thing for Duke.  Rumors continue to swirl that World Wide Wes may try to steer Miller to one school or another as well.  One thing BDI can say for sure is that some of the family members that were very pro Duke and initially involved in Miller’s recruitment are no longer providing advice with regard to his college choice.

Duke realizes that this is going to be a very public, media oriented, and national recruitment in nature.  They are going to run the race with Quincy, but there is no guarantee they will land him given all the factors involved in his recruitment.  The good news for Duke is that this recruitment will likely go well into 2011.  By that time Duke hopes to have locked in commitments from Tyler Adams and Austin Rivers.  Thus Miller would be the icing on the cake of Duke’s 2011 class if things were to play out the way coaches hope.

Marshall Plumlee – The relationship between Duke and Plumlee seems to have cooled a bit in recent months.  There has been less contact between the two sides and the Plumlee family is aware that Tyler Adams is a major target for Duke in 2011.  While Plumlee has been to many recent Duke games this has mainly occurred so that he could support his brothers.   The situation with Plumlee remains complicated, but I would not expect Duke to completely break off the relationship given the family’s ties to the school.

Full Details on Duke’s offer to Tyler Adams

Although many NCAA basketball teams are currently focused on the postseason this does not mean head coaches can stop recruiting.  For the Duke Blue Devils, the world of recruiting actually remains quite busy despite the fact they are a top seeded NCAA Tournament team.  As such, Blue Devil Insider has learned that Duke Coaches extended a scholarship offer to Tyler Adams yesterday morning.  Adams is a 6’9” 260lb center from the class of 2011.  A few weeks ago, Duke assistant coach Nate James traveled to Mississippi to evaluate the fast rising prospect in person.  The visit went well and the Blue Devil staff is said to be impressed with Adams’ personal demeanor as well as his basketball skills.  The Duke coaching staff is high on Adams’ strong character as they believe Tyler possesses good work ethic, humbleness, and a strong family upbringing.  Overall, Coach K and company feel that Adams would fit in quite well with the Duke program.

New 2011 Prospect? Nate James Visits Tyler Adams

In the world of college basketball the recruiting game never stops for coaches.  Even during the regular season it is common for both head and assistant coaches to check in on prospects.  In this regard, the Duke staff is no different than any other school – the Duke Coaches continue to “do their homework” on upcoming players on a regular basis.

Recently, Coach Nate James has been hitting the recruiting trail hard for Duke.  Last week Nate was in Detroit to visit with both Trey Zeigler and Amir Williams.  However, Detroit was not Nate’s only stop.  James also swung by Mississippi to check out class of 2011 center Tyler Adams.  At 6’9” 260lbs, Adams is a big bodied inside presence that has consistently shown the ability to rebound and score points off tip-ins & put-backs.  He is still developing on both the offensive and defensive ends, but has significant upside and shown willingness to continue to improve his skill set.

Going forward, Duke and Adams will continue to be in contact.  However, Adams is not an official target for the coaching staff yet as Duke is still in the evaluation stages with Tyler.