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Duke Basketball Recruiting Roundup: February 4th Edition

Javin DeLaurier | Photo by: Chris Summerville

The Duke basketball team is back in action today as the Blue Devils look to build on the momentum of two consecutive road wins in the past week.

Saturday’s game against Pittsburgh will also mark the return of Mike Krzyzewski, who will be back on the bench after missing the past month to recover from back surgery.

On the recruiting trail, we’re reaching the time of year when many of the top prospects are making on-campus visits, and Duke will likely have a number of targets in attendance next week for the North Carolina game. Marquee games provide great environments for programs to host its top recruiting targets.

Here are the biggest headlines from the past week.

Zion Williamson Impressed by Kentucky & Rupp Arena
Class of 2018 5-star forward Zion Williamson was in Rupp Arena this past Saturday night to watch Kentucky lose to Kansas, but the final score didn’t dampen the experience for him. Williamson called the environment “indescribable” in an interview with ZagsBlog. As the top ranked junior in the country, Williamson is being recruited by nearly every top program in the country, as well as receiving a strong pitch from Clemson about getting to play close to home.

Trevon Duval Checks Out Kansas
Trevon Duval, Duke’s top point guard target in the 2017 class, was in Lawrence this past week for an official visit to Kansas as the Jayhawks hosted Baylor in a matchup of two Top 5 teams. The recruitment of Duval, the No. 1 point guard in his class, is believed to be a two-school race between Duke and Kansas. Though it’s unlikely considering the mindset and intentions of most one-and-done players, one could wonder if all the recent news of the off-court issues at Kansas is having any impact on Duval’s thought-process.

Mohamed Bamba Trending UK’s Way?
Fresh off a visit to Lexington for last weekend’s Kansas-Kentucky game, the Wildcats now have the lead in the 247Sports Crystal Ball predictor for 5-star power forward Mohamed Bamba. One of the top players in the class of 2017, Bamba appears to be leaning toward Kentucky, which would offer him the opportunity to play alongside Quade Green – the point guard on his PSA Cardinals AAU team. Duke will have a chance to try to make a strong final pitch to Bamba, who will be visiting the Blue Devils later this month.

New Mixtape Featuring Gary Trent Jr.
Courtside Films has a new highlight video showcasing 2017 Duke commit Gary Trent Jr. The 5-star shooting guard from Minnesota is one of the best scorers in the country with a unique ability to shoot from the perimeter, knock down mid-range shots off the dribble, and finish at the rim. Trent has been racking up the accolades in recent weeks, being invited to participate in both the McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic games.

UNC Gets Unlucky with Kevin Knox’s Scheduled Visit
There are certainly more important issues to deal with when your campus has a water crisis, but one of the tough breaks of North Carolina’s issues this weekend was the expected on-campus visit of Kevin Knox. The 5-star forward in the class of 2017 is scheduled to be in Chapel Hill this weekend for his final official visit. However, what was supposed to be Saturday’s home game against Notre Dame has now been moved to Greensboro and will be played on Sunday. It’s unclear how this will impact Knox and whether or not he will even be making the trip this weekend, but it’s definitely less than ideal for the Tar Heels.
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