This past week was another big one for Duke basketball recruiting. The Blue Devils added a new member to the class of 2017 and we’re getting a clearer picture of what next season’s roster could look like.
Here are the top headlines from the past week related to Duke basketball recruiting targets.
Jordan Tucker Commits to Duke
4-star small forward Jordan Tucker became the newest member of Duke’s 2017 recruiting class with his commitment on Saturday. Things moved quickly with Tucker, who picked up an offer from the Blue Devils following Kevin Knox’s commitment to Kentucky. Tucker chose Duke over Syracuse and Georgia Tech and is expected to provide wing depth and perimeter shooting. He’s ranked as the No. 18 small forward in the class of 2017 in the 247Sports Composite.
Cameron Reddish Trims List
One of Duke’s top targets in the 2018 class has trimmed his list of possible schools down to eight finalists. Cameron Reddish, a 5-star forward and Top 5 overall player in the nation, is down to Duke, Kentucky, Miami, Villanova, UConn, UCLA, Maryland and Arizona. Reddish is a 6’8”, 195-pound forward from Philadelphia and Duke is viewed as the favorite to land him.
Strong Performances in the EYBL
Many of the top players in the country were in Atlanta over the weekend taking part in the Nike EYBL. According to Scout’s Evan Daniels, 2018 Duke point guard target Tre Jones had one of the best performances of the weekend, in a game in which he scored 31 points and dished out 17 assists to go with 7 rebounds. Courtside Films also put together a mixtape featuring an impressive battle between Cameron Reddish and Marvin Bagley, two other members of the class of 2018 being recruited by Duke.
Duke Has Room for Trevon Duval
Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News has an article up about how the departure of Frank Jackson to the NBA could be a blessing in disguise for the Blue Devils if it helps the program land 5-star point guard Trevon Duval. As much as it would be helpful for Duke to have an experienced and explosive player like Jackson in the rotation, point guard is still the biggest position of need for Duke, and getting Duval is the key to meeting that need.
R.J. Barrett Weighing His Options
R.J. Barrett is determined to be the top ranked player in his class, regardless of whether that’s in 2018 or 2019, according to an interview with Jason Jordan of USA Today. Currently, Barrett is the No. 1 player in the class of 2019, but he’s considering reclassifying to the 2018 class. The 6’7” small forward from Canada plays for the prestigious Montverde program in Florida and nearly led the school to a national championship this past season as a sophomore. If he elects to reclassify to 2018, it will put Duke in an interesting position with the wing players it’s targeting, as the Blue Devils have already offered small forwards Cameron Reddish and Zion Williamson.
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