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More on Hairston/Thornton/Duke

Here's my file for tomorrow's paper, though it could update if I get in touch with some folks tonight:

Two of the Washington area's top high school basketball players, both juniors, yesterday committed to play for Duke, according to their high school coaches.

Courtland forward Josh Hairston, a third-team All-Met last season, and Gonzaga point guard Tyler Thornton, who helped the Eagles win the City Title championship, took unofficial visits to the Durham, N.C., campus and said they would accept scholarship offers from the Blue Devils. The two are good friends who play together on the D.C. Assault travel team.

Thornton "is in a position now where he feels comfortable that's a place he can feel at home," Gonzaga Coach Steve Turner said. "He's excited about who he's going to play for, the conference that he's in and he's going to continue to grow as a basketball player and a student."

Thornton also seriously considered Georgetown, Villanova and Stanford, Turner said.

Hairston, at 6 feet 8, is a versatile player, capable of shooting from the outside and handling the ball, unusual talents for a player with his size. He had been courted by many of the nation's top programs, with coaches repeatedly making the trek to Courtland, which is located just southwest of Fredericksburg. Georgetown, Virginia and Virginia Tech were among the schools that Hairston seriously considered.

By Josh Barr  | September 13, 2008; 9:07 PM ET
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I am extremely happy that Hairston and Thornton chose Duke.

Once again, Gary Williams is beaten badly by Coach K on the recruiting trail.

Gary Williams is a good golfer.

Posted by: gary | September 15, 2008 11:07 AM | Report abuse

I've seen Josh Hairston play in person.
He wears number 33 (Grant Hill's number when he played at Duke.) He looks like Grant Hill. He plays like Grant Hill. What more needs to be said. LOL.

Coach K has owned northern Virginia in recruiting for years, hasn't he?

Will Dave Leito of UVa be the latest UVa coach to go by the wayside partly due to Coach K's recruiting ability? Supposedly, the $125 million John Paul Jones arena was supposed to reverse this trend!

I have a 100% hobby/website whereby I travel around the state of Virginia each Friday/Saturday year-round, scouting college football/basketball prospects who are usually 9th-11th graders. My website is at

Posted by: Nelson Kane | September 19, 2008 1:16 AM | Report abuse

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