This is the second installment of Crazie Talk’s official recruiting guide. (Click here for the first.)
With the incoming freshman class constituted by two McDonald’s All-American forwards, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee (and potentially former 2010-er Andre Dawkins) let’s take a look at the two more future Blue Devils and current AAU teammates that will join the program from the high school Class of 2010.
6’8’’-195 lbs.-PF. Rated 4-Stars by Scout.com.
Josh projects as a combo forward at Duke. In addition to a bevy of post moves, Josh possesses range out to the three-point line. His game centers on his ability to grab tough rebounds and make athletic plays around the rim. The coaching staff likened his role in the offense to that of Kyle Singler—a mobile big man who can hit jump shots. If Josh adds 20 pounds of muscle to his frame, he will be an imposing forward in the ACC.
Josh recently led his Courtland High School (Spotsylvania,Va.) team to a Virginia Division 4 state title, earning state player of the year honors along the way. However, he plans to transfer to perennial power Montrose Christian in Rockville, Md. for his senior season. Under legendary high school coach Stu Vetter, who taught the likes of Kevin Durant and national champion/assistant coach Nate James, Hairston will inevitably improve his game. The change bodes well for his career at Duke and beyond.
6’2’’-180 lbs.-PG. Rated 4-Stars by Scout.com
Tyler is a heady, intelligent point guard from Washington, DC. He is a natural leader on the court, always calm and composed. Playing for Gonzaga High School in the ultra-competitive D.C. Catholic league, Tyler is consistently matching up with some of the nation’s best talent, including 2010 UNC recruit Kendall Marshall (Thornton reportedly loves to lock down Marshall–it will continue in college). Thornton is an above average defender and a fierce competitor. He also handles like Steve Nash would if he were American.
Tyler will be a leader at Duke and an important piece of inevitable title runs. His composure and steady play will be an asset during the gauntlet of ACC battles.
Check Crazie-Talk on Wednesday for a preview on 2010 recruits on the horizon–including Harrison “The Kid from Ames” Barnes, and Kyrie “New Jersey’s Finest” Irving.