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Duke Basketball Recruiting Roundup: August 5 Edition

Mike Krzyzewski Jeff Capel
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This week’s Duke basketball recruiting roundup features some good news for the Blue Devils in relation to the potential 2017 class.

We also saw a few more strong performances from players on Duke’s recruiting radar, as guys are looking to make the most of their opportunities to shine in the last few big events of the summer.

Here are the top headlines from the past week.

Gary Trent Jr. Cuts List to 5

2017 5-star shooting guard announced on Twitter this week that he’d trimmed his list down to five finalists. Duke is viewed as the heavy favorite for Trent, but he’s also still considering Kentucky, Arizona, Michigan State and UCLA. Trent is one of the top ranked shooting guards in the class of 2017 and one of the most complete scorers in the class.

Top Priorities for the Class of 2017

We posted an article on Duke Report earlier this week that gives a rundown of the primary players Duke is targeting in the 2017 class. It seems like we’re saying this every year now, but it has the potential to be one of the best recruiting classes Mike Krzyzewski has ever had. The Blue Devils are in strong contention for as many as four players ranked in the top 10 of the class with Wendell Carter, Mohamed Bamba, Gary Trent, and Kevin Knox.

Top 10 Recruits in the 2017 Class

Scott Phillips put together a Top 10 list of players in the 2017 class in an article on Bleacher Report this week. Gary Trent Jr. checks in at No. 10 on the list and 5-star small forward Kevin Knox is the 8th ranked player. Power forward Wendell Carter makes the list at No. 6, while the potential defensive superstar Mohamed Bamba is No. 3. With Duke in position to potentially land all four players, in addition to point guard Quade Green, you get an idea of what could make the 2017 class so incredible.

Team Harden Wins the Adidas Nations Event

With seven of the Top 20 players in the class of 2017, Team Harden rolled to a championship at the Adidas Nations event in California this week. The team defeated Team Canada 123-96 on Monday night in a game that was televised on ESPN. Those who tuned in had an opportunity to see multiple Duke targets in action, including Gary Trent and Wendell Carter. Trent had stretches where he showed his ability to provide instant offense and Carter was extremely active, proving himself as arguably the most complete low-post player in the class.

Zion Williamson the New No. 1 in the 2018 Top247 Ranking

After an impressive summer, Zion Williamson of Spartanburg, S.C., overtook Marvin Bagley as the top overall recruit for the class of 2018 in the Top247 rankings. 247Sports Director of Scouting Jerry Meyer compares Williamson to guys like Draymond Green and Larry Johnson, and the size comparison makes sense with Williamson being listed at 6’7”, 220 pounds. Though he’s yet to receive an offer from Duke, the Blue Devils have been keeping an eye on him over the past year and he’s definitely a name for fans to follow.
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