The Duke basketball program continues to put in work on the recruiting trail as the Blue Devils look to build the classes of 2017 and 2018.
With this still being an open period where coaches can make in-person visits with recruits, Mike Krzyzewski and his staff have made multiple visits over the past couple weeks with the players Duke is focusing on for its next couple recruiting classes.
This week even included the mom of one recruit posting a video on Facebook live of Coach K stopping in to see her son.
Here are the other biggest Duke recruiting headlines of the past week.
Marvin Bagley was the first member of the class of 2018 to receive an offer from Duke, and the Blue Devils are considered one of the finalists for the 5-star forward. He was ineligible last season due to some school issues, but fans and media are excited to see what he can do this season at Sierra Canyon in California. The 6’11” power forward is the No. 1 ranked player in the 2018 class in the 247Sports Composite.
As one of Duke’s top targets in the class of 2017, 5-star power forward Wendell Carter has received multiple visits from the Duke coaching staff over the past couple weeks. This week, the Blue Devils checked in on Carter following a workout at his Pace Academy school in Atlanta, and Carter’s mom happened to post a video of it on Facebook live. If he comes to Duke, I think we’ll definitely need some Facebook live videos from Mama Carter hanging out in Krzyzewskiville.
2017 Duke Targets Kevin Knox and Gary Trent Set Visit Schedules
It’s the time of year when many players are scheduling their official recruiting visits, and Duke will host many of its top targets over the next few weeks. Gary Trent Jr. announced on Twitter this week that he’d be visiting Duke from October 21-23, which coincides with Duke’s Countdown to Craziness event and will be the same time Wendell Carter is visiting campus. The two have talked repeatedly about wanting to attend the same college. Knox will be at Duke the next week from October 28-30, which is the first of the four visits he has scheduled.
In an interview with Jason Jordan of USA Today, Kevin Knox recapped some of his recent in-home visits with some of the biggest names in coaching. Knox gave credit to Kentucky and UNC for being the two schools that gave the best presentations, but he also noted that Mike Krzyzewski told the best story about a particular time he had to have a tough conversation with Kobe Bryant about needing to pass the ball more as part of Team USA.
According to 247Sports, Duke visited 2017 5-star power forward Mohamed Bamba this past week. The 6’11” post player from New York hosted coaches from Duke and UConn this past week and has been relatively quiet about the schools he’s considering. Many analysts believe this could shape up to be another intense recruiting battle between Duke and Kentucky, as it’s become evident over the past couple weeks that Bamba is a top priority for the Wildcats in 2017.
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