The Olympics are the main thing people are talking about in the sports world right now, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still updates and things happening behind the scenes with Duke basketball recruiting.
Many of the top players are taking some time off after the grind of the big summer events and getting ready to return to school.
Here are the biggest headlines from this past week as it relates to players Duke is interested in.
Duke’s top point guard target for the 2017 class trimmed his list of possible schools down to nine on Friday night with a tweet announcing his updated list. The Blue Devils are viewed as the favorite, but he’s also still considering Kentucky, Kansas, Xavier, Arizona, Syracuse, Villanova, Temple and Louisville. Green is a 6’1”, 170 pound point guard from Philadelphia, Pa., who’s the No. 4 point guard and No. 26 overall player in the 247Sports Composite.
Romeo Langford is a 5-star shooting guard and one of the top players in the class of 2018 and he’s already received an offer from Duke. Now, the 6’4”, 185-pound guard from Indiana has another chance to play on Tobacco Road as he picked up an offer from North Carolina earlier this week. Langford is considered one of the best scorers in the 2018 class.
USA Today High School Sports is in the midst of a series profiling the 17 most compelling athletes in the class of 2017. The list is compiled across multiple sports, and Duke targets Wendell Carter, Kevin Knox and Gary Trent have all been featured. Carter is one of the top low post players in the country while Trent is one of the best shooting guards. Both players are considered to be strongly favoring attending Duke. Knox is one of the best wing players in the class of 2017 and is a little more open with his recruitment right now, with Duke competing against Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, Alabama, and Kentucky.
Wendell Carter Jr. published a new post on his USA Today blog earlier this week and gave an update on what things have been like for him this summer. It’s been a busy time for the 5-star power forward from Atlanta, who helped USA win gold in Spain and then was a key player for Team CP3 on the EYBL. Interestingly, Carter only mentions two coaches specifically by name – Jeff Capel and Mike Krzyzewski. He talks about how cool it is to hear from both coaches even though they’re in Rio for the Olympics.
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