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.
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.
After missing out on Harrison Barnes last November the Duke coaching staff began looking at other options to fill their needs for an athletic wing guard/forward. One prospect that came on to Duke’s radar was Trey Zeigler, a 6’5” 200lb guard from Michigan. Unfortunately, the Blue Devils’ relationship with Zeigler began very late in the recruiting process and despite several visits and contacts with the class of 2010 guard the coaching staff has not been able to truly cement Duke as a leader for Zeigler’s services. While Duke is open to hosting Zeigler for a visit this spring the coaching staff realizes that Michigan, Michigan State, UCLA, and Arizona will be tough to beat out. At this point in time Duke is not expecting Zeigler to be a part of their plans for 2010, but the staff will maintain some contact with Zeigler until his recruitment is officially over.