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Wow! Local Pair Commits to Duke!

Just pulled into the Outer Banks for vacation (no Insider next week), unpacked and checked my email to read that Gonzaga guard Tyler Thornton and Courtland forward Josh Hairston -- a pair of top juniors -- today committed to play basketball for Duke, according to Courtland Coach J.T. Nino.

I'll have something in tomorrow's paper and I'm sure there will be more to come in the next few weeks.

By Josh Barr  | September 13, 2008; 7:00 PM ET
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Looks like Coach K just land two more gold medals in Thornton and Hairston. The 2010 class is really shaping up. Andre Dawkins is a 5-star recruit, while Thornton and Hairston are 4-star recruits. I wouldn't mind Coach K going after a small forward next, someone like Roscoe Smith of Baltimore. We all know that good Maryland recruits won't play for Gary :)

Posted by: Jim O. | September 13, 2008 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Looks like ole Gary misses again on top recruits from the area. It's a crying shame that both basketball and football at UMD misses out on the areas top talent.

Posted by: Eric | September 14, 2008 1:00 AM | Report abuse

Surprised that Thorton did not stay close to home and goto Georgetown. JTIII had been to a lot of Gonzaga games the past couple years and from what I heard from sources, was a high target recruit.

He would of had one year to play under Chris Wright, then have an opportunity to start in his sophomore year.

Posted by: DDD | September 15, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

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 11:09 AM | Report abuse

I believe that the olympics has revived Coach K's notariety. High school recruits will probably pick Duke because they may think that Coach K can get them into the NBA. It was totally unfair to other college coaches, because anyone could have coached: Mr. James, Mr. Bryant, Mr. Wade and etc.etc.

Posted by: Ron | September 15, 2008 11:37 PM | Report abuse

It is "onto" as you can not pull "into" the Outer Banks. Then again, you are a journalist. Perhaps into Pamlico or Albemarle Sound.

Posted by: English police | September 16, 2008 12:35 AM | Report abuse

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