We’re back with the first July edition of our Duke basketball recruiting roundup. Many of the top high school players in the country are still overseas representing USA Basketball at the FIBA World Championships in Spain.
However, college coaches and recruiting analysts are ramping up for one of the busiest months of the year, as July features multiple opportunities to evaluate and recruit players at various events.
Here are some of the top stories from the past week related to Duke basketball recruiting targets.
In a piece on Sports Illustrated, Evan Daniels of Scout features five players that recruiting fans should follow this month, and three of them already hold offers from the Blue Devils. He describes 5-star center Mohamed Bamba as the player with the best chance to overtake DeAndre Ayton for the No. 1 overall ranking in the class of 2017. Daniels compares 2017 5-star power forward Wendell Carter’s game to that of former Blue Devil Jahlil Okafor. And he talks about why Marvin Bagley is at a different level compared to the other best players in the class of 2018.
Last week’s recruiting roundup included a link to an extensive feature of Gary Trent Jr. by Andrew Slater of 247Sports. This week, Slater put together another great, lengthy feature – this time highlighting Duke target Kevin Knox Jr., arguably the best wing player in the 2017 class. In his interview with Knox, I find it interesting that Knox mentioned Grant Hill and Brandon Ingram as two players who he’s watched film on and likes to model his game after theirs.
After recently picking up an offer from Duke, class of 2017 5-star point guard Quade Green can now add an offer from Kentucky to his list. The 6’1”, 175-pounder from Philadelphia received the offer during an unofficial visit to Kentucky this past Thursday. He’s been one of the stars Nike’s EYBL this summer with his defense and passing ability, leading the league with 10.5 assists, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. Duke is considered the favorite to land Green.
It’s been a dominant run for the U.S. U17 Men’s team at the FIBA World Championships in Spain over the past couple weeks. The Americans will face Turkey on Sunday afternoon in the gold medal game. When the two teams faced each other in group play, the U.S. won by 18. The Americans reached the gold medal game with a 98-70 victory over Lithuania in the semifinal round, and set a scoring record in the quarterfinals with a 133-81 win against Korea. It’s been a strong showing for many of the Duke targets on the roster, including Kevin Knox, Wendell Carter, and Gary Trent, who continue to establish themselves as some of the best young players in the world. You can catch them in action against Turkey on Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm ET on ESPNU.
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