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-10 forward from Raleigh (NC) Ravenscroft School, will announce his intention to play for Duke University tonight at 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU’s Recruiting Insider, according to sources.
Kelly selected Duke over Notre Dame, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and Georgetown.
Ravenscroft head coach Kevin Billerman said he did not know which school Kelly was going to choose.
“I don’t know,” he said Thursday afternoon. “He is with his parents on their way to Charlotte (to an ESPNU studio).”
Kelly, the No. 8 power forward in the Class of 2009 according to Rivals, spent the weekend at North Carolina watching the Tar Heels football team beat UConn. He has taken officials to Vanderbilt, Notre Dame, Georgetown and Wake Forest, and also visited Duke and North Carolina on several occasions.
“I think all of the universities presented their programs exceptionally well,” Billerman said. “I don’t think there was a bad pick in that group.”
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.
“Ryan will be a 6-10 inside-outside player that averaged 24 points for us last year playing in the post,” Billerman said.
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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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