The 2017 recruiting class is a primary focus for the Duke basketball program right now as the Blue Devils extended another scholarship offer this week.
According to a tweet from Andrew Slater of 247Sports, Duke has now officially offered a scholarship to Wendell Carter Jr.
Carter is a 6’10”, 250-pound power forward from Atlanta, Ga., who’s ranked in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 1 power forward and No. 3 overall player in the class of 2017.
It’s the second offer this week from the Blue Devils, who also recently offered a spot for Gary Trent Jr., the No. 1 shooting guard in the 2017 class.
We looked a couple weeks ago at the idea that Trent and Carter are interested in playing together in college and that Carter said Duke was the leader at this point, and now both players hold official offers from the program. Carter has also said that he hopes to convince Jarred Vanderbilt to join them in college.
Vanderbilt is a 5-star small forward from Texas. Duke has certainly had recent success with a player like that.
Carter and Trent were both teammates this past week on the USA Basketball team that won gold at the FIBA Americas U16 Championships in Argentina.
With an official offer to Carter, Mike Krzyzewski and his staff have now extended offers to the top rated point guard (Troy Brown Jr.), shooting guard (Gary Trent Jr.), and power forward (Wendell Carter Jr.) in the 247Sports Composite rankings for the class of 2017. The team is also reportedly very interested in Michael Porter Jr., the top rated small forward in the class, as well as Zach Brown, the top ranked center.
2016 could develop into an amazing recruiting class if it includes Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles, but it’s looking like the 2017 class has the potential to be just as strong.