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Duke Basketball Recruiting Roundup: April 17th Edition

Gary Trent Jr. & Wendell Carter | Photo: Chris Summerville

It’s been a busy past few days for Duke basketball recruiting headlines.

With multiple key targets in the 2017 class getting closer to making their college decisions, we’ve reached the time of year when fans are looking for any type of indication that could tip the hand of where the top uncommitted players will be going.

We also look for contingency plans the staff could have in place based on the decisions of those players.

The Latest on Kevin Knox
5-star forward Kevin Knox probably takes the prize for the most dramatic recruitment for the Blue Devils this year. After it seemed for weeks that Knox would likely be committing to Duke, things appear to have shifted over the past few weeks and Missouri has entered the fold and could be a landing option for Knox. The Tigers weren’t even on Knox’s list of finalists, but now he’s talking about the excitement of possibly getting to play alongside fellow 5-star forward Michael Porter Jr. Missouri finished the 2016-17 season with an 8-24 record and went 2-16 in the SEC.

Duke Showing Interest in Mark Smith?
In the unending roller coaster of point guard recruiting for the 2017 class, multiple reports on Twitter have indicated that Duke is showing interest in 4-star point guard Mark Smith. The Illinois Mr. Basketball winner brings great size to the position at 6’5”, 225 pounds, and he’s being targeted by Illinois, Michigan State, Kentucky, and Ohio State. Smith is listed as the No. 20 point guard in the class by the 247Sports Composite. Duke appears to be primarily focused on No. 1 point guard Trevon Duval for this class, but it certainly wouldn’t hurt to add depth.

Duke Commits & Targets in the Jordan Brand Classic
Our own Chris Summerville has a recap of how Duke commits and targets performed at the Jordan Brand Classic this past Friday night in Brooklyn. The West team, which featured Gary Trent Jr., Mohamed Bamba, and Kevin Knox, notched a 124-116 victory over the East squad, which featured Trevon Duval and Wendell Carter Jr. Chris’ writeup also includes a couple highlight videos from the game. Click here to check it out.

Duke Coaches Make In-Home Visits
The Duke coaching staff is back on the recruiting trail for some in-home visits. According to Blue Devil Nation, 2018 5-star Cameron Reddish received a visit from Mike Krzyzewski, Jeff Capel, and Jon Scheyer to his home in Pennsylvania. The team at The Devils Den also reported that the staff went to Minnesota to visit 2018 point guard Tre Jones, the younger brother of former Duke standout Tyus Jones. There was also a recent visit with Zion Williamson, the 2018 5-star forward who seems to be an unending reel of highlight videos. Williamson talked about the meeting in his latest blog post on USA Today.

Big Profile on Wendell Carter Jr.
Get to know more about Duke commit Wendell Carter Jr. with this great profile on him and his family by Marc J. Spears for The Undefeated. You’ll learn about what fuels the 5-star power forward from Atlanta both on the court, as well as in the classroom, and why Duke served as the best of both worlds for him from an athletic and academic standpoint, despite his mother wanting him to go to Harvard. It’s a great read about what appears to be a tremendous young man with very supportive, dedicated parents.
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Thanks for checking out this week’s roundup. Go Duke!