The Duke basketball team received a huge boost to its 2017 recruiting class today with a commitment from Trevon Duval, an elite point guard in the class.
Five-star recruit Trevon Duval has made his college decision. pic.twitter.com/z14V88T2d3
— The Players’ Tribune (@PlayersTribune) May 15, 2017
A 6’3”, 190-pound guard from New Jersey who played his senior season at IMG Academy in Florida, Duval selected the Blue Devils from a list of five finalists that included Kansas, Arizona, Baylor, and Seton Hall.
The addition of Duval fills a major hole for Duke at the point guard position, a spot where the program has struggled since the departure of Tyus Jones following the 2015 national championship.
Now, Mike Krzyzewski will have a true playmaker at the position who can run the offense and put teammates in good positions to succeed.
Duval is ranked in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 2 point guard (behind Alabama commit Collin Sexton) and No. 5 overall player in the class of 2017. With his size and athleticism, he’s also viewed as a likely one-and-done candidate and first round pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Still, even if he’s only at Duke for a year, Duval has the potential to make a major impact in Durham and will likely be counted on to take over the primary point guard responsibilities from day one. It was part of the coaching staff’s pitch to him during his recruitment.
With the commitment of Duval, the Blue Devils will now have a formidable backcourt rotation that will also include Grayson Allen and Gary Trent, as well as Frank Jackson if he withdraws from the NBA Draft and returns to school.
This is also good news for post players like Wendell Carter and Marques Bolden, who will have the opportunity to play with a pure point guard.
Duke’s outlook for next season just got brighter. Welcome to the family, Trevon!