Elite Shooter Pursued By Duke, Other Major Programs

Cameron Crazies would love another great shooter to cheer for. - Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

Like his idol J.J. Redick, Matt Ryan can fill it up.

Every once in a while a guy pops up who seems a totally natural fit for Duke. Think Jay Buckley, Shane Battier and JJ Redick, who idolized Christian Laettner and set his sites on Duke early.

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Matt Ryan fits the bill too. A 6-7 guy who can really shoot, Ryan is a tremendous student. And his idol? JJ Redick.

Of course, just because someone seems like a perfect fit doesn't mean it works out. Harrison Barnes was often seen as destined for Duke, but chose Carolina. Casey Jacobsen really wanted Duke but ended up at Stanford.

Still, if Redick is as potent a recruiting tool as Christian Laettner was, and likely still is, Duke will benefit, if not with Ryan then with other kids who were dazzled by Redick's brilliance.

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