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Duke Basketball Recruiting Roundup – April 2nd Edition

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It’s a busy time of year for recruiting season in college basketball.

The Duke basketball program is working hard to solidify another elite group in its class of 2017, as well as attempting to make inroads with top prospects in future classes.

The high school players are hitting the All-Star circuit and many of the top seniors spent the past week in Chicago for the McDonald’s All-American game and related activities.

Here are the top headlines as it relates to players the Blue Devils are targeting.

Kevin Knox to Visit Missouri
In a relatively strange turn of events, class of 2017 5-star forward Kevin Knox will take an official visit to Missouri before making his college decision. It’s unclear why Knox would have an interest in the Tigers, which recently hired Cuonzo Martin and received a commitment from Michael Porter Jr., the No. 1 small forward in the 2017 class. Duke is rumored to be the favorite for Knox, though he’s also considering Kentucky, North Carolina and Florida State.

Trevon Duval Played Us for Fools
With everyone on high alert for recruiting decisions and potential announcements, Trevon Duval had some April Fool’s Day fun with his recruitment. The top point guard in the 2017 class tweeted on Saturday morning that he would be announcing his two finalists later in the day, only to later reveal that it was an April Fool’s joke. Naturally, the prank had recruiting writers and websites scrambling to provide updates. Well played, Trevon. Duval’s actual finalists are Duke, Arizona, Kansas, Baylor and Seton Hall.

Duke Targets Shine in McDonald’s All-American Game
This year’s McDonald’s All-American game was one of the more entertaining in recent memory with the West squad pulling out a 109-107 victory over the East. Duke target Mohamed Bamba had an outstanding night, scoring 17 points while showing why he’s the most sought after remaining uncommitted frontcourt player and a key target for both Duke and Kentucky. Kevin Knox also scored 15 points, while Duke commit Wendell Carter had a solid night with 10 points and 5 rebounds. Gary Trent had a tough game and finished with just 7 points and 3-of-11 shooting.

Marvin Bagley Announces His Top 6
Some will think it’s cool, while others will think it’s ridiculous, but Marvin Bagley announced the list of the six schools he’s considering in a video produced by Bleacher Report that was released on Friday. Bagley is in one of the leading candidates to be the top ranked player in the class of 2018 and just had a huge junior season for Sierra Canyon in California. According to the video, Bagley is down to Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, Arizona and USC.


Zion Williamson with Another Insane Dunk
It was in a lay-up line during warm-ups, but it’s still impossible to not be impressed with Zion Williamson’s athleticism and power in his most recent dunk that has taken over social media. While most of us were watching Oregon figure out any way possible to screw up its chances of beating UNC, the 5-star forward in the class of 2018 was throwing down a 360-windmill.


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