Duke Receives National Letters-of-Intent from Five Student-Athletes
Nov. 29, 2001
Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski announced the signing of five senior high school players to national letters-of-intent during the early signing period completed November 21. Sean Dockery (Chicago, Ill.), Shavlik Randolph (Raleigh, N.C.), J.J. Redick (Roanoke, Va.), Michael Thompson (New Lenox, Ill.) and Shelden Williams (Midwest City, Okla.) all signed national letters-of-intent with Duke during the early signing period (November 14-21). All five players were ranked consistently among the nation's top 30 prep recruits at any position. In addition, Lee Melchionni (Fort Washington, Pa.), a national top 100 recruit in his own right, has announced his intention to walk-on at Duke next season.
An all-state and all-city selection as a junior, Dockery averaged 21 points, eight rebounds, nine assists and five steals per game in 2000-01 at Julian High School. He is ranked among the top 10 prep point guards in the country and the top 30 players overall. The 6-2, 170-pound Dockery was rated number six by ESPN.com and number seven by Prepstars. The Street & Smith's 2001-02 preseason fourth team All-America selection participated in the USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival in Colorado Springs, Colo., last June with future Duke teammates Redick, Thompson and Williams. He is coached in high school by Loren Jackson.
Randolph was a first team preseason All-America in 2001-02 by Street & Smith's. The 6-10, 215-pound Raleigh, N.C., native was rated the nation's fourth-best player by both College Basketball News and Future Stars, seventh by Prepstars and ninth by BlueChipHoops.com. He was a second team preseason All-America by Prepstars and the organization's third-ranked forward in the nation. As a junior at Broughton High School, he averaged 27.9 points and 13.2 rebounds and shot .594 from the floor. A versatile inside-outside player who was named North Carolina's Player of the Year as a junior, Randolph was rated as the nation's second-best prep power forward by Basketball News entering this season. He broke Broughton's single game scoring record with 50 points, eclipsing the previous mark of 47 set by Pete Maravich in 1965. He is coached in high school by Jeff Ferrell.
A tremendous outside shooting threat, the 6-4, 190-pound Redick averaged 28 points, 6.7 rebounds and four assists while shooting .570 from the field (.440 from three-point range) and .910 from the foul line as a junior at Cave Spring High School. The two-time Virginia Player of the Year was rated the country's 10th-best prep player by Future Stars, 12th by Prepstars, 13th by College Basketball News and 14th by BlueChipHoops.com. Redick was a second team preseason All-America by Street & Smith's in 2001-02. At one point in his junior season, Redick connected on 61 consecutive free throws. He has 1,592 career points entering his senior season in 2001-02. He is coached in high school by Billy Hicks.
A high honorable mention preseason All-America by Street & Smith's in 2001-02, Thompson averaged 24 points and 11 rebounds per game as a junior at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Ill. After an outstanding summer of basketball, Thompson was rated the nation's 17th-best prep prospect by BlueChipHoops.com and among the country's top 35 players by several other recruiting services. The 6-10, 245-pounder was selected as the nation's fifth-best prep center in the preseason by Basketball News. He is coached by Eric Long at Providence Catholic.
The 6-9, 230-pound Williams averaged 19.7 points, 11.1 rebounds and 4.7 blocked shots as a junior at Midwest City (Okla.) High School. The 2001 USA Today and Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year was rated the nation's fifth-best prep player by Future Stars and BlueChipHoops.com and sixth by College Basketball News. The Sporting News had him listed as the nation's sixth-best prep player entering 2001-02. He was a consensus preseason prep first team All-America and rated the nation's number one forward by Basketball News and Prepstars. He led Midwest City to a 26-2 record and the Oklahoma Class 6A state championship last season. He is coached in high school by Rodney Dindy.
The 6-7 Melchionni, the son of former Blue Devil team captain Gary Melchionni, was a high honorable mention All-America in the preseason by Street & Smith's and ranked among the nation's top 100 recruits by Basketball News. At Germantown Academy, the left-handed Melchionni averaged 16 points, a team-best nine rebounds four assists and four steals as a junior. He helped lead the school to a 27-3 record and a number 17 national ranking by USA Today in 2000-01. Melchionni's older sister, Monica, is a freshman at Duke. He is coached in high school by Jim Fenerty.
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