STAB's DeLaurier Says Committing to Duke is a 'Dream Come True'
Javin DeLaurier is rated as the 44th best prospect in the country in ESPN's Top-100. DeLaurier verbally committed to Duke Saturday night. He was in Durham on a recruiting trip and gave the news to coach Mike Kzyzewski in person.
"He got up and hugged me," says DeLaurier, "it was amazing, my mom started crying it was emotional, but it was great."
DeLaurier is part of a Duke recruiting class ranked in number one in the country for coach Kzyzewski.
"He told me to come in a work hard on and off the court, win a national championship and exceed in the classroom."
DeLaurier says academics played a big part in his decision. He says he intends on majoring in biology.
"I know the ball is going to stop bouncing at some point so I wanted to be able to do something in life," DeLaurier says.
DeLaurier is a 6-foot-9 versatile, athletic forward. Duke coaches want to see DeLaurier work on his perimeter skills during his senior year at St. Anne's Belfield.
DeLaurier says, "Like shooting jump shots off the screens, bringing the ball up the court, experiment with things now at a high school level so by the time college comes around I'm a little bit more prepared."
DeLaurier's stock has soared over the last several months. He eventually choose Duke over other big-time programs like North Carolina, Notre Dame and Arizona
He says, "Its crazy, considering where I was a year ago, two years ago, its amazing, it's a dream come true".
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