Welcome to Blue Devil Lair

In 2010, 247Sports.com was launched by the founders of Rivals.com. The same year, I started DukeHoopBlog.com. While my site hasn't grown nearly as quickly as 247Sports, by joining their network I hope to be able to take advantage of the numerous technological advances provided by their platform.

We will continue to provide the same coverage of Duke basketball and football that has kept you reading thus far, but have multiple added benefits by being a part of 247Sports. For just one example of what they bring to the table, take a look at Jabari Parker's profile page. You'll see both 247Sports' ranking of Parker (evaluated by industry veteran Jerry Meyer) and the 247Composite ranking, which is an average of all the major rankings services.

You'll notice highlight videos on the right column, along with his twitter timeline just below. It's a one-stop shop for all the information you need about a player. We're building the pages for the current players now, and if you see one that needs updating let us know.

Another great feature on this site that we weren't able to provide before is the message boards. For now, we have one board, but as you continue to participate there will be the need for more specific boards. This will be determined by you. The great thing about starting on this community now is that it will become whatever you want it to be. In order to post, you'll need to register for a free account. You can do that by clicking here.. Post away after registering.

Nearly every article here will be posted to the message boards as well. Anytime you make a comment on a thread where the first post was an article written by one of our staff, it will show up at the bottom of the article. Some of our articles will be free, while some of the others are going to require a premium membership. You'll get your first month free with a new memberships. Sign up here!

We have interview with basketball and football recruits lined up for every day this week. Be on the lookout for exclusive interviews from the McDonald's All-American game (with Matt Jones and Jabari Parker), the Jordan Brand Classic, the ESPNRise National High School Invitational, NBPA Top 100 Camp, Nike EYBL AAU events, Nike Global Challenge and more! We'll have basketball prospect inerviews, football prospect interviews and more.

I'm very excited about the potential of this new partnership and hope you are as well.

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