Duke offers Center Johnny O’Bryant

Johnny O’Bryant is a 6’9” 230lb forward from the class of 2011.  According to both Scout.com and Rivals.com O’Bryant is a 5-star prospect.  O’Bryant has been collecting scholarship offers for some time and currently has offers from over 10 schools.  Recently however, one major basketball power got involved with O’Bryant – the Duke Blue Devils.

Here is an excerpt from MemphisRoar.com on O’Bryant’s Duke offer.

“A couple of weeks ago Duke offered me,” said O’Bryant, a preseason Dandy Dozen member (via The Clarion Ledger) and two-time all-state performer. “They called my high school coach to try to get in touch with me. Then they got up with me and said they were offering me. I am still, though, just taking everything in and sorting through everything.”

Interestingly enough, Duke recently offered another Mississippi native – 6′9″ 260-pound center Tyler Adams from Brandon, MS. On 730 Fox Sports radio Monday night, Adams stated on-air that he speaks with O’Bryant about their recruitments have have discussed playing together.

“We talk about it a good bit,” said O’Bryant. “[We] talk sometimes about going to the same school. That would be pretty neat for us to all stick together and compete for a national championship on the same team in college.”

Full Credit to MemphisRoar.com


Duke offers Dai-Jon Parker for Basketball & Football

BDI Update – Officially, the scholarship offer to Parker is to play football at Duke with an invitation to play basketball as well.  Given Parker’s skill set he should be more than qualified to make the basketball team as a “walk on”.  Duke will not offer Parker a scholarship for each sport, but the Blue Devils do have a genuine interest in having Parker play both sports at the school and will support Parker if this is his choice.


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Chip Towers of the Atlanta Journal Constitution is reporting that Duke extended a scholarship offer to class of 2011 shooting guard Dai-Jon Parker on Wednesday.  According to Towers, Parker was offered by Duke to play both basketball and football for the Blue Devils.  Parker is from Alpharetta, GA and is well known as one of the top 2 sport athletes in the state of Georgia.  

 The 6’3 180lb pound Parker is a 5 star prospect according to Rivals.com and a 4 star prospect according to Scout.com.  ESPN Scouts, Inc. calls Parker an explosive dynamic athlete who is a scoring machine with the potential to be a lockdown defender. 

 For the Blue Devils, this is the second scholarship offer extended this week.  Parker joins fellow class of 2011 prospects Austin Rivers, Marshall Plumlee, Tyler Adams, and Quincy Miller as players that have an offer from the Blue Devils.  Despite a hectic NCAA tournament schedule the Duke Coaching staff continues to recruit hard.

 Parker also holds (basketball) offers from UConn, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Ohio State, Florida, Virginia Tech, and a few other schools.

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.

No Current Leaders for 2012’s Shabazz Muhammad

A few weeks ago, Blue Devil Insider broke the news regarding Shabazz Muhammad’s visit to Durham for the annual Duke-UNC matchup at Cameron Indoor Stadium.  While in town Muhammad also stopped by the campus of rival North Carolina.  The visit to UNC occurred the day after the Blue Devils’ victory over the Tar Heels.  Not long after the visit to UNC several recruiting analysts began labeling North Carolina as the leader to land Muhammad.  This idea was further reinforced by the fact that Roy Williams flew out to visit Muhammad in Nevada just 2 days after visiting North Carolina.  Despite this action and the chatter of many recruiting analysts, BDI has learned that UNC is not the leader for Muhammad at this point in time.  A source close to Muhammad noted that the young wing forward currently has no leaders and is simply looking to take the recruiting process one step at a time.  The source also noted that Muhammad was unlikely to make a decision about where he would attend college anytime soon, although the class of 2012 wing is considering several schools including Arizona, Duke, UCLA, UNC, Texas, and a few others.

Carrick Felix Commits to Duke!

It’s official! Carrick Felix, the 6’6” wing from the College of Southern Idaho, is the newest member of Duke Basketball’s class of 2010.  Felix arrived in Durham Sunday night and met with admissions yesterday where he was cleared to enroll at Duke.  Not long after, Felix announced that he was officially ready to join the Blue Devils   Felix comes to Duke as a junior college transfer and will have 3 years of eligibility remaining.

Duke now has 4 commitments for the class of 2010 including Felix, Kyrie Irving, Josh Hairston, and Tyler Thornton.

Updates on Carrick Felix, Michael Haynes, & Cleveland Melvin

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.

Duke Coaches Contact Cleveland Melvin

Cleveland Melvin is a 6’8’ 210lb small forward that has demonstrated explosive athletic ability.  With a large wingspan Melvin has also shown a knack for blocking shots down low.  Recently the class of 2010 wing backed off a verbal commitment to UConn and reopened his recruitment.

Last week Melvin received an introductory call from Duke Coaches.  The Duke staff let Melvin know that they are still looking to fill a couple openings at the small forward position for 2010 and wanted to gauge Melvin’s potential interest in playing for the Blue Devils.

 Over the next few weeks Duke Coaches will continue to evaluate Melvin.  Meanwhile, Melvin plans to take several school visits while determining where his interests lie.  Melvin is ranked as a 3 star prospect by both Scout.com and Rivals.com.