The offseason for Duke basketball is quickly winding down. It’s only a few more weeks before the Blue Devils begin the 2016-17 season and we can focus on what’s happening on the court!
This is another big upcoming period college basketball recruiting as coaches can make in-home visits and many of the top prospects are setting their schedules for official and unofficial visits.
It’s also an important time for coaching staffs as they try to get their top recruiting targets interested in being on campus for Midnight Madness type events that kick off the season and showcase the program.
Here are the latest headlines related to Duke’s top recruiting targets.
Matt Coleman is the latest offer Duke has extended for its 2017 class. He’s a 4-star point guard who plays for Oak Hill Academy and is the fourth 2017 point guard who’s received an offer from the Blue Devils, joining Trae Young, Quade Green, Tremont Waters. According to a tweet from the Phenom Hoops Report, Coleman will be making his official visit to Duke on September 16. He’ll follow the visit to Duke by taking trips to Stanford, Kansas, Syracuse and Texas.
Upcoming In-Home Visits for 2017 Targets
College basketball coaches will be on the road over the next few days for the in-home visit period, which means Duke will be checking in with some of its top targets. At this point, it’s been confirmed that the Blue Devils will be making in-home visits to see Wendell Carter and Kevin Knox. The coaches are expected to meet with both players on Sunday, with Carter being in Atlanta, Ga., and Knox in Tampa, Fl. Carter is the No. 3 power forward and No. 4 overall player in the 247Sports Composite, while Knox is the No. 2 small forward and No. 9 overall player.
The first member of Duke’s 2017 recruiting class will be on campus this weekend for an official visit. Alex O’Connell, a 6’5” 4-star shooting guard from Georgia committed to the Blue Devils a couple weeks ago, shortly after receiving an offer from the program. The visit to campus should be an opportunity for O’Connell to get more comfortable with the Duke culture, which his family should already be familiar with, considering his father played basketball at Duke in the 1970s. Prior to committing to Duke, O’Connell was also being recruiting by Syracuse and Louisville.
Class of 2017 5-Star big man Mohamed Bamba is not your typical elite recruit, which we’ve written about before. Bamba has been relatively quiet about the list of schools he’s considering, but the Michigan Wolverines are on his radar as the 6’11” power forward from New York visited Ann Arbor this past weekend. He followed up that visit with an unofficial visit to Harvard this week, a school he’s repeatedly expressed interest in. Duke is hoping to land an incredible frontcourt duo of Wendell Carter and Bamba, two Top 5 players in the 2017 class.
One of the top players Duke is focused on for the 2018 recruiting class is Zion Williamson, a 5-star forward from Orangeburg, South Carolina. Williamson picked up an offer from the Blue Devils over the summer and was one of the top players on the adidas summer circuit, as well as at the NBPA Top 100 Camp. He’s just getting started with a blog on USA Today Sports and published his first post this week. Williamson describes how the experience of getting phone calls from legendary coaches like Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams was amazing and hard to believe. Check out his full post on USA Today High School Sports.
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