First Impression Made It Duke

Tyler Adams

The news broke on Sunday night that Tyler Adams had verbally committed to Duke and head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Adams spoke with TDD to explain why he felt the Blue Devils are his best bet.

"I was really ready to get this recruitment over," said Tyler Adams. "I had really liked Duke for a while, but then there was Memphis, Mississippi State, and Alabama. But Duke was the clear leader."

So the 6-foot-9, 250 pound center prospect notified the coaches last Sunday that he was ending the process in their favor. Though the decision probably didn't provide much in the way of surprises to anyone who follows the recruiting world, it did serve as a relief for the newest Blue Devil.

"Recruiting was just so hectic. I've had a lot of coaches either coming in to watch me practice or they had been calling me. It had been going well, but really hectic. Coach K and Coach James had come down recently to watch me work out, and I'd heard from and seen [Memphis coach Josh] Pastner and Coach Grant from Alabama. The Texas assistants had been calling too."

While many programs had tried to jump in late with Adams, it was Duke's involvement and message during the Spring that pushed the National Champions out to what ended up being an insurmountable lead.

"They've just been telling me how much they like me as a player with the approach I take on the court. They are telling me I could play the true big man role for them and that I would fit in well. Duke has been recruiting me very hard for a while now. They are a great program, and Coach K has a great track record of developing players and getting them to the pros."

Now with recruiting out of the way, Adams says he will concentrate on continually improving his stock both on and off the court.

"I know I have some work to do on the academic side of things. I am working on my ACT score and my overall grades in the classroom. Trying to keep them up. It's been my parents, my AAU coach, and I've gotten a tutor to help me as well."

Adams is currently rated as the No. 14 center prospect in the country according to the Fall 2009 Scout.com rankings. National Recruiting Director Dave Telep describes him as:

"A hulking big guy whose body is thick and solid. A real, catch, seal and finish player. Would like to see him become more of an aggressive player on the circuit but takes well to coaching and is a fast learner. He is a high-major prospect."

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