Dukan is looking forward to this fall to improve on what he describes as a disappointing 12-15 campaign last season. Deerfield's starting center went down with an injury which forced Dukan to play down low and out of his usual wing position. This year, he believes he will get to play out on the wing where he belongs and his team will be more successful.
Despite the down year for Deerfield, Dukan had a good season statistically. He averaged 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 or 4 assists. He shot 58% from the field, 48% from behind the arc, and 79% from the line. Dukan confidently admits that he "may be the best shooter in the country."
The summer AAU season was not a disappointment. Dukan stated, "It went really well. In the spring we got to know each other. We did well in the tournaments and everyone contributed."
Dukan just came back from spending a month in Croatia, his birthplace and ancestral homeland. Every year the Dukans travel back to Croatia to visit family. While there, Dukan (who is fluent in Croatian) worked out with a local junior pro team twice a day.
Duje Dukan is the son of Iviac Dukan. Iviac played for Yugoslavian National Team and is currently the Chicago Bulls supervisor of European scouting. Iviac also played professionally at the club level in Europe for 15 years.
Dukan described his style of play as follows:
"I am a big wing that can handle the ball. I played some point (in AAU) and distribute well. I can use my speed to go by guys or post up."
Dukan said his style of play resembles Hedo Turkoglu.
Dukan is still trying to adjust to his body. He has grown 3 inches every year for the last few years. Dukan is also working on increasing his overall strength.
Although he does not know what he wants to study in college, Dukan is likely to excel at whatever he chooses. He has a 3.2 GPA and earned a 23 on his ACT. He plans on taking the ACT again this month.
Dukan gave the following lists of schools that are recruiting him: Miami-OH, Michigan, Northwestern, George Washington, William and Mary, New Mexico, Valparaiso, Oregon State, UWGB, Loyola (Chi), Florida Gulf Coast, and Colorado. All except Northwestern and Michigan have offered him scholarships. At this point, no school would be considered his leader ("All are pretty much equal right now.").
Dukan's only visit was an unofficial to Michigan last October. He said of the visit to Ann Arbor, "It was good. It is a nice campus and good coaches."
Dukan is a looking for a school that has both good academics and a strong basketball program. He wants to play for an "approachable coach" who can develop him as a player. He also wants a school where he fits in the best.
So how does Miami measure up with Dukan's criteria? Dukan has done his homework on Miami and had this to say about the RedHawks:
"It is a very good academic school and has a good basketball program that is on the rise. (Miami) is in a good conference and plays a tough out of conference schedule so you get good competition. I heard the campus is beautiful. I definitely think I will make a visit there."
Dukan will not make a decision until he has taken some visits and could wait until the spring signing period. He denied that he is considering going to prep school for a 5th year.
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