There’s been lots of big news related to Duke basketball recruiting over the past couple weeks.
With a key point guard in the 2017 class making his college decision, the McDonald’s All American teams being announced, and top targets making visits, there are big implications for the Blue Devils.
Here are the top stories from the past week.
Oak Hill Academy point guard Matt Coleman will be playing his college basketball at Texas, which he announced this past Monday on ESPNU. The 6’2”, 180-pound, 4-star point guard in the class of 2017 had been considering Duke and Texas as his two finalists, but ultimately elected to become a Longhorn, which isn’t too surprising based on his strong relationship with Shaka Smart and the fact that the Blue Devils reportedly backed off in recent weeks as the program appears to be focused on top ranked point guard Trevon Duval for its 2017 class. Coleman is the No. 8 point guard and No. 31 overall player in the 247Sports Composite.
In what could be the latest intense recruiting battle between Duke and Kentucky, 2017 5-star power forward Mohamed Bamba is in Lexington this weekend for a visit with the Wildcats. At 6’11”, Bamba is one of the top ranked frontcourt players in the class of 2017 and has been targeted heavily by both programs. He’s also being recruited by incoming members of the 2017 class from both programs, with Quade Green and Hami Diallo trying to get him to come to Kentucky while Gary Trent and Wendell Carter are working to persuade him to Duke. Texas is also viewed as a potential spot for Bamba.
Wendell Carter is one of the top players in the class of 2017, which is a big reason why his Pace Academy team has played a challenging schedule against many of the best teams in the country this season. According to a story by USA Today, Carter has proven his ability in the games against the toughest competition, averaging 19.7 points and 14.4 rebounds in nine games against nationally-ranked opponents. The 5-star power forward will look to lead his team to its second straight Georgia State Championship later this year.
The rosters for the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game were announced this week and Duke was well represented with multiple commitments and targets making the team. Wendell Carter will be playing for the East squad, while shooting guard Gary Trent Jr. will be joining the West team. Mohamed Bamba, Trevon Duval, and Kevin Knox, three other 5-star prospects the Blue Devils are still heavily recruiting, will also be playing for the East.
Class of 2018 Duke target Cameron Reddish was one of the biggest stars at last week’s Hoophall Classic, according to Jerry Meyer of 247Sports. The 5-star wing helped his Westtown School team (same team as 2017 5-star Mohamed Bamba) to a 66-54 victory over Hillcrest Prep, which features DeAndre Ayton, the top player in the class of 2017. Reddish finished with 22 points and showed an all-around game that has earned him the ranking of being the No. 2 small forward and No. 4 overall player in the 247Sports Composite for the 2018 class. The Blue Devils are considered the early favorite for him, though he’s also considering Kentucky, Villanova, and many other offers.
Thanks for checking out this week’s recruiting roundup. Congratulations to all the recently named McDonald’s All Americans and go Duke!