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Sunday / December 8.
  • Duke jumping into Trendon Watford Sweepstakes

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Duke is jumping into the Trendon Watford Sweepstakes.

    The Blue Devils have been in touch with Watford for several weeks now, and assistant coaches Nate James and Chris Carrawell were expected to watch the 6-foot-9 Watford on Thursday morning when Mountain Brook (29-3) plays Montgomery’s Robert E. Lee (29-3) at 10:30 a.m. in the Alabama 7A semifinal. The 7A state championship is on Saturday.

    “They’re showing high interest,” said Ernest Watford, Trendon’s father.

    Duke currently has three Class of 2019 commits in point guard Boogie Ellis, wing Wendell Moore and big man Vernon Carey. They remain in the mix for late-signing forward Matthew Hurt.

    A McDonald’s All-American, Watford had trimmed his list to four schools — Alabama, Indiana, LSU and Memphis. He has already taken officials to LSU and Memphis.

    Alabama head coach Avery Johnson, LSU coach Will Wade and Memphis coach Penny Hardaway were all expected Thursday as well.

    “A real superstar makes everyone around him better, and understands what it takes for team success, and that’s what he has done,” Bucky McMillan, Mountain Brook’s coach, told AL.com this week.

    Photo: Watford family

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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. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.