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News on Austin Rivers, Amir Williams, & Michael Gbinije

Austin Rivers will take an unofficial visit to Durham and will attend Duke’s annual team banquet on Thursday, April 22nd.  Rivers had been expected to attend the Duke-UNC game at Cameron Indoor earlier this year but was unable to make it when his high school team’s state title game ended up being scheduled for the same day.  Thursday’s visit is the make-up for the missed game.

 Amir Williams, a 6-9 220lb 4-star rated recruited by both Rivals.com and Scout.com may also attend the Duke team banquet as well.  Duke has been in contact with Williams for a few months now.

 Finally, recent Duke commit Michael Gbinije has confirmed that he will in attendance Thursday night.

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.

Michael Gbinije commits to Duke!

Good news rolled in this afternoon for Duke Basketball coaches, players, and fans alike as class of 2011 wing forward Michael Gbinije made the call to Coach K and verbally committed to Duke.  Gbinije measures 6’6″ tall, weighs 200lbs, and is a 5 star prospect according to Scout.com.  By offering his verbal commitment today Gbinije becomes the first official member of Duke’s recruiting class of 2011.  For Gbinije, the icing on the cake that sealed the deal was this past weekend’s visit to Duke for the victory over archrival UNC.

6 Top Recruits & Prospects watch Duke Dominate UNC

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.

Top Recruits & Prospects Attending Duke vs. UNC

Several Duke Basketball recruits and prospects from the classes of 2010, 2011, and 2012 are expected to attend the upcoming Duke vs. UNC game.  Here is an overview of the players who may be at the matchup.

2010

Kyrie Irving – Confirmed

Tyler Thornton – Confirmed

Josh Hairston – Confirmed

2011 

Austin Rivers – Confirmed (State title game may prevent attendance)

Marshall Plumlee – Expected to attend

Quincy Miller – Expected to attend

Michael Gbinije – Invited, attendance not confirmed

2012

Shabazz Muhammad – Confirmed

Justin Anderson – Invited, attendance not confirmed

JP Tokoto – Invited, attendance not confirmed

 The annual Duke – North Carolina game at Cameron Indoor Stadium continues to be a favorite stop for top recruits and prospects.  Let’s hope this years matchup between the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels does not disappoint those in attendance.