Last week, big man Thon Maker took trips to both Kansas and Missouri. On Monday, the No. 3 player in the class of 2016 swung through Durham to check out Duke.
The seven-footer from Martinsville (Va.) Carlisle School's guardian Edward Smith recapped the visit.
"It was good," Smith told Rivals.com of the visit. "It was a little bit different approach. We had a while with Coach K and spoke about basketball as a whole. And for a bit about as a prospect where Thon is and where he saw him within what they were trying to do.
"He talked about basketball as a whole first, then Duke as a University and then about himself Coach K and how he and the program have been successful. He gave his opinion of Thon and the skill set he has and how he could personalize an offensive and defensive plan for him."
According to Smith, Krzyzewski laid out the various ways the Blue Devils could put Maker in different spots and utilize his versatile set of skills. Whether it be posting up, pushing the ball on the break or stepping out and hitting the three, Coach K explained that there were plenty of ways to utilize Maker who also got a chance to play some pickup with the Duke players.
"It was really methodical," said Smith. "(Krzyzewski) gave an outline and tried not to show us everything but get a good section of it in. Some of their players were around too and Thon got a chance to play a little pickup which was nice."
As with his recent trips to Kansas and Missouri, Maker and Smith were joined on the Duke campus by Maker's younger brother Matur Maker. The visits have been geared towards Thon, but that doesn't mean his class of 2017 brother isn't learning.
"It has been more about Thon right now," said Smith. "But it has given Matur an insight as a student athlete into what is going on and he is really growing even though it is geared towards Thon."
During the July evaluation period, Maker will focus on playing with his summer squad Team Loaded Virginia. The goal is to win a few tournaments and they'll be playing in the Myrtle Beach Big Shots, NY2LA Summer Jam in Milwaukee and the Adidas Super 64 out in Las Vegas.
After the evaluation period, Maker will head to Los Angeles for Adidas Nations and the plan is to fit in visits to UCLA and Arizona while on the West Coast.
Big shots in Myrtle Beach, Milwaukee NY2LA, Super 64 Adidas Nations
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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