2015 big man prospect Karl Towns is expected to be at Duke today for a visit after seeing UNC and NC State where he picked up a scholarship offer, wise move by State considering the elite schools after Towns. There was a bit of a huff over Towns being on the Dominican Olympic team over Charlie Villanueva, a team coached by John Calipari. Some saw it as a means to an end, that end being to get a leg up on Towns’ recruitment. The controversy came in the form of a back and forth in the media between Villanueva (an NBA veteran) and Calipari with Calipari claiming that Charlie Villanueva showed up out of shape so Towns was the choice, CV claims that isn’t the case and he was in tremendous shape. Make of that what you will.
Also on the visit from Austin Nichols is slated to visit Duke the weekend of October 6th, which is also the weekend of the Duke-UVA game (UVA is also recruiting Nichols). Nichols still is high on the Blue Devils but earlier reads of him being a heavy Duke lean or a shoe in to be a Blue Devil were severely exaggerated. There are a lot of heavy hitters after Nichols and changes are he will sign late and weigh every option before committing.