Duke has spent a lot of time this spring and summer, watching the Nike EYBL circuit. One of the teams that Mike Krzyzewski, Jeff Capel, Jon Scheyer and Nate James have seen the most is Bradley Beal Elite, as they have been focusing on offered junior point guard Darius Garland.
One of the advantages of watching Garland is that the staff can't help but to appreciate his front-court running mate, 6-foot-10 sophomore James Wiseman.
The long, slender left-hander from Nashville (Tennessee) Brentwood Academy is the No. 4 rated national prospect in 2019, according to Rivals.com.
He checks all of the boxes as a big-time prospect. Blessed with unusual agility, the fluid power forward runs the court swiftly, leaps effortlessly and grabs rebounds both inside and outside of his immediate area. He also shows off a nice soft touch from short and mid-range.
"My job (on this team) is to just run the floor and clean up around the rim," he said. "I have to score inside when it's needed and just make sure to play defense and block shots."
And he does all of those things. And then some.
As the college coaches line up along the baselines to evaluate him, and more importantly, to be seen by him, the Nashville prospect is just taking it all in.
When it comes to thinking about colleges, the prep star isn't fond of mentioning any favorites just yet. He has a slew of offers already from programs like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Texas, Iowa, Iowa State and numerous others. But when he makes his choice, he has a good idea of just what he will be looking for.
First is academics," he said with a conviction. "Second is just the coaches and the (team) chemistry. Just like the teammates."