Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Ryan Kelly, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Ravenscroft (NC) High ranked No. 8 among power forwards in the Class of 2009, was recently offered by Duke and appears to be seriously considering them.
Kelly, who played for the U18 National Team this summer, wasn’t originally being recruited by Duke and many thought it was a UNC/Notre Dame battle. But just before the Olympics, Ryan’s parents called Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski to set up a sit-down.
They then met on Duke’s campus and Coach K offered when he felt that Ryan’s interest was genuine.
Duke will probably get the last in-home visit for Kelly, who is just the type of kid Duke likes. He is low maintenance, Top 25 and is high on academics. His parents went to Yale and Penn and Ravenscroft is a top prep school. Stanford, Vanderbilt, Davidson and Duke, all top schools, recruited him.
Kelly is considering Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Georgetown, North Carolina and Duke.
“The plan is hopefully to make a decision before the season starts,” Kelly said. “I’ve been to all these places before, I just want to get that final 48 hours and make an educated decision.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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