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Duke Basketball Recruiting Roundup: August 11th Edition

Tre Jones & Zion Williamson | Photo: Chris Summerville

It’s been quite a week of news for the Duke basketball program.

The big headline of the week was Thursday’s announcement that Mike Krzyzewski is undergoing knee replacement surgery and the team cancelling its upcoming trip to the Dominican Republic.

However, there were also lots of developments on the recruiting trail for the Blue Devils.

Here are the top headlines from the past few days.

Tre Jones to Announce His Decision Sunday
Duke could get some good news this weekend with Tre Jones scheduled to announce where he’ll be attending college. Jones tweeted on Thursday morning that he would be making his announcement this Sunday. He’s been one of the breakout players of the 2018 class over the past year and is currently the No. 1 ranked point guard in the 247Sports Composite. Jones is quite familiar with Duke as he’s the younger brother of former Blue Devil point guard Tyus Jones. Duke is regarded as the heavy favorite for Tre. If he commits, hopefully that’s the first domino that gets things rolling for the 2018 recruiting class.

Jalen Johnson to Visit Duke this Weekend
Jalen Johnson, one of the top players in the class of 2020, will take an unofficial visit to Duke this weekend, according to a report from Scout’s Evan Daniels. Johnson also plans to visit Kentucky this fall for their Big Blue Madness season kickoff event. He’s been one of the primary players on Duke’s radar this summer as the coaching staff has been seen attending his games multiple times. Johnson is a 6’7″ small forward from Wisconsin who’s regarded as a Top 10 player in the 2020 class.

Duke Extends Offers to Nassir Little, Armando Bacot, & Vernon Carey
Duke was busy over the past few days in extending scholarship offers. Nassir Little is the latest player in the class of 2018 to receive an offer from the Blue Devils, and he also trimmed his school list this week to Duke, Arizona, Georgia Tech and Miami. Little is a 6’7”, 205-pound forward from Orlando who’s the No. 5 small forward in the 247Sports Composite.

The coaching staff also made offers this week to two members of the 2019 class – Armando Bacot and Vernon Carey. Bacot is a 6’9”, 225-pound 4-star power forward from Virginia who plays alongside fellow big man David McCormack, who also holds an offer from Duke. Carey is the top ranked player in the class of 2019 and is a 6’9”, 245-pound 5-star power forward.

Zion Williamson Leaning Toward Kansas?
There have been multiple reports this week that 2018 5-star forward Zion Williamson could be leaning towards Kansas as his college destination. The Jayhawks offered one of Williamson’s AAU teammates earlier this week, in a rather surprising move. Williamson is also close with Devon Dotson, a 5-star point guard rumored to be leaning toward Kansas. Kentucky has been considered the favorite for Williamson, and it’s difficult to see how he’d fit in Duke’s recruiting plans for 2018, especially with the reclassification of R.J. Barrett and how the program is also targeting Cameron Reddish. You can only get so many elite wing players to commit to playing together.

Marvin Bagley Visits UCLA
Marvin Bagley visited UCLA earlier this week and is still considering reclassifying to this year’s 2017 class, according to a report by ZagsBlog. Bagley is currently the top ranked player in the class of 2018 but is already regarded by many as NBA ready, and the likely No. 1 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, if he’s eligible. Bagley has now taken visits to USC, Duke, and UCLA. There’s been talk that he may also visit Kansas and Kentucky, but neither trip has been scheduled. His decision has the potential to have a major impact on the 2017-18 season for whichever team gets him.
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