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BOATENG COMMITS TO DUKE

Eric Boateng committed to Duke Wednesday as the fourth member of the recruiting class of 2005. The 6-foot-10, 230-pound center choose Duke over Michigan, Georgetown, Virginia, UCLA, Villanova, Boston College and Georgia Tech.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski picked up his fourth commitment in the class of 2005 Wednesday morning with a verbal commitment from center Eric Boateng.

“Eric and I talked yesterday,” said Bob Rue, Boateng’s coach at St. Andrew’s School in Noxontown, Del. “He was ready to do it, and we called and talked to coach [Steve] Wojciechowski.”

Boateng spoke with Wojciechowski Tuesday night after spending several weeks discussing a possible commitment with his family in London. Yet Rue said there was never any real doubt as to where Boateng wanted to go to school.

“I think Eric has really been interested in Duke in his heart for a long time,” Rue said. “Just because of the kind of person he is, he was careful about other options. But really ultimately in his heart he never changed where he wanted to go.”

Boateng also considered Michigan, Georgetown, Virginia, UCLA, Villanova, Boston College and Georgia Tech.

The 6-foot-10, 230-pound center averaged approximately 20 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks per game last year for St. Andrew’s despite missing half the season with a stress fracture in his foot, said Rue. Rated the No. 2 center prospect and No. 19 overall prospect in the nation by theinsiders.com, Boateng joins Josh McRoberts, Greg Paulus and Jamal Boykin in what looks to be one of the nation’s top recruiting classes in 2005.

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