Karl Towns Talks Duke Visit (UPDATED)

Karl Towns, arguably the top rising sophomore in the nation, visited Duke for Midnight Madness on Friday.

The 6-foot-11 Towns attended along with 2014 PG Tyus Jones, 2014 PF Jahlil Okafor, 2014 SF Theo Pinson and 2016 PF Harry Giles.

“I really enjoyed the visit and had a great time,” Towns, out of St. Joe’s-Metuchen, told ZAGSBLOG contributor Alex Schiffer.

Asked how me might fit in at Duke should he opt to go there, Towns said, “I think I would fit in well. With Coach K having Ryan Kelly this year shows he can work with big men at any position and make the most of their talent.  To read more of this story, click here

Parker to Visit Duke, Michigan State

Jabari Parker will take official visits to Duke and Michigan State — his two perceived leaders — and will add three more officials, according to a report on ESPNChicago.com.

The 6-foot-8 Parker will visit Duke the weekend of Oct. 27, as previously reported on SNY.tv. A date for the MSU visit has not yet been set.

North Carolina coach Roy Williams will have an in-home with Parker Tuesday and Florida coach Billy Donovan visits Chicago Simeon that same day, ESPN reported.

“From there, we’ll probably sit down and evaluate all his home visits and decide which will be his official visits,” Sonny Parker told the site. “It’s a process. He’s had quite a few home visits. He’s going to start taking his visits. It’s the month of October already. It’s going to take time.” To read more of this story, click here

Parker to Visit Duke, Anya to Trip to N.C. State

Adam Zagoria

As reported earlier today on my Twitter, two of the top prospects in the Class of 2013 — Jabari Parker and Beejay Anya — will take key official visits to ACC schools at the end of October.

The 6-foot-8 Parker, the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2013, will take an official visit to Duke the weekend of Oct. 27, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told SNY.tv.

Duke and Michigan State have long been considered the frontrunners for the Chicago Simeon forward. To read more of this story, click here

Semi Ojeleye to Duke

Duke added yet another versatile, multi-faceted forward on Sunday when Semi Ojeleye committed during his home visit with Coach K.

A 6-foot-7, 220-pound small forward from Ottawa, Kansas High ranked No. 18 at his position by Rivals, Ojeleye said he chose Duke over Indiana, Oregon and Stanford.

“Talking to my family and friends it just felt right,” he said by phone Sunday night after Scout.com first reported the news.

Ojeleye said Coach K, who is coming off winning an Olympic gold medal this summer with LeBron, Kobe, KD, Carmelo and company, plans to remain in constant touch going forward. To read more of this story, click here

Coach K's Gold With Team USA Impressed Marcus Lee

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is still enjoying residual recruiting benefits after leading Team USA to the gold medal in London.

Sure, Coach K wasn’t on the July recruiting trail following players like 6-foot-9 forward Marcus Lee of Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley, but every time he texts Duke targets like Lee, Julius Randle and Austin Nichols he can mention that he just spoke with Kobe, LeBron, KD or Melo.

“He was saying on Sunday that he was talking to me two minutes after [talking to] Kobe,” Lee said from the Elite 24 game in Venice Beach, Calif.  “And then he started talking about me while he was talking to Kobe. It was great.” To read more of this story, click here

Marcus Lee Sets Duke Visit

Marcus Lee was one of several recruits impressed this summer with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s ability to simultaneously coach Team USA and stay in contact with recruits.

Lee described Coach K as having “crazy energy” when he does text recruits.

“Even when we’re texting I have to use way too many exclamation points just to keep up,” Lee said this summer.

Now Lee will get a chance to meet with Coach K in person when the 6-foot-9 forward from Antioch (Calif.) Deer Valley visits Duke Oct. 27-28. To read more of this story, click here

Austin Nichols Setting Visits, May Sign Late

Memphis Briarcrest Christian forward Austin Nichols is working on setting up his official visits and could potentially sign late if he can’t settle on a school early, his father told SNY.tv. Friday.

“We would like to commit early but I don’t know if that will happen,” Mark Nichols said. “It could be late. If one of these official visits doesn’t slap us in the face, we may be late with it.”

The 6-8, 215-pound Nichols has a tentative official set for Virginia Sept. 8, his father said.

“But the thing is we haven’t talked to Virginia because they’re out of the country,” he added. To read more of this story, click here