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Clair Watkins, 6-3, makes verbal to VU

Two years and a month since Vanderbilt upset 10th-ranked Duke on November 28, 2007, the ‘Dores have another reason to celebrate. The teams have not met again, but 6-3 David W. Butler High School center Clair Watkins, a former Duke scholarship recipient, turned her back on the Blue Devils to sign a letter of intent with Vandy on December 28, 2009.

The senior from Matthews, N.C., is averaging 15 points and 10 rebounds per game this season for her 14-3 team. She rejected a scholarship after Duke coaches told her in October, a month before commitment letters are signed, they would honor their offer but they did not intend to play her and she would not be happy. What appeared to be a really sour situation has, in hindsight, been a...

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