The positive momentum for Duke basketball recruiting keeps building. Thursday afternoon’s announcement by Marques Bolden is the headline recruiting news of the week, and Duke fans have yet another reason to be excited about the 2016-17 season.
The commitment from Bolden is the final piece in Duke’s 2016 recruiting class, which has the potential to be one of the best in the history of the program.
This week’s recruiting roundup includes some Bolden stories and a few other topics related to Duke commitments and targets.
After a long wait and one of the most unusual recruitments of the past few years, class of 2016 5-star center Marques Bolden announced he’d be attending the “University of Duke” during a ceremony at his school on Thursday afternoon. Despite the minor hiccup with the school name, I’m sure the Duke coaches and his future teammates are excited to add him as part of next season’s squad. It was one of the most intense recruiting battles we’ve seen in a Duke-Kentucky rivalry that seems to be picking up steam. Bolden is the top ranked center in the 2016 class in the 247Sports Composite and gives the Blue Devils even more depth in the frontcourt next season to go along with Harry Giles, Amile Jefferson and Chase Jeter.
Yesterday’s decision from Bolden was the final step and addition to the 2016 recruiting class for Duke. It’s an unbelievably talented group, with four of the six commits ranked in the Top 15 of the 247Sports Composite Player Rankings. Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Frank Jackson, and Marques Bolden all have the potential to be one-and-done players who could be lottery picks in the 2017 NBA Draft, while Jack White and Javin DeLaurier are projected more as 4-year guys.
With the 2016 class in place, the 2017 recruiting class for Duke will become more of a priority, meaning Gary Trent Jr. is a name fans will become more familiar with. The 6’5”, 195-pound 5-star guard from Minnesota is considered one of the best scorers in next year’s class and Duke is regarded as one of his favorites. In his latest blog post on USA Today, Trent says the Blue Devils are one of the programs he hears from the most, along with UCLA and Michigan State. He’s still hoping to team up in college with 5-star power forward Wendell Carter, who is also being heavily recruited by Duke.
USA Basketball extended invitations to 39 players to participate in the U17 World Championship Team training camp in Colorado Springs, Co., next month. Numerous players who currently hold Duke offers are part of the group of 39, including Troy Brown, Wendell Carter Jr., Tre Jones, Kevin Knox, Romeo Langford, Cameron Reddish, and Gary Trent Jr.
They’ll be competing for a spot on the team that will represent the United States at the World Championships in Zaragoza, Spain later this summer. See the full list of players on the USA Today website.
According to Adam Rowe of 247Sports, 4 members of Duke’s 2016 freshman class enrolled earlier this week. Jayson Tatum, Frank Jackson, Harry Giles, and Javin DeLaurier arrived for the early session of summer school at Duke, as they’ll all be leaving to participate in USA Basketball events later this summer. Though players are extremely well-connected with each other now through social media and AAU programs, this should be a great opportunity for the newcomers to begin to get acclimated to life on campus.
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