This is a new weekly feature we’re starting that will focus on Duke Basketball Recruiting. Many Duke coaches have been busy on the recruiting trail in recent weeks, as the team is going through the lull of the season with exams and the holidays.
Here are a few of the biggest recent stories related to current Duke recruits and other targets the Blue Devils are still pursuing.
Harry Giles Blog Update – In his latest blog post on USA Today High School Sports, Harry Giles discusses his injury and the mental process he’s been going through as he recovers. Giles also talks about his excitement for making his Duke announcement and how he’s looking forward to becoming part of the Duke program in 2016.
Jayson Tatum is a National Player of the Year Candidate – Joel Beck evaluates why Duke commit Jayson Tatum is candidate for the National Player of the Year award in this post on USA Today High School Sports. Tatum is off to a strong start in his senior season, averaging 32 points and 10.1 rebounds while leading his Chaminade team to a 5-1 record.
Frank Jackson & Alterique Gilbert go Head to Head – A new video from Ballislife highlights Duke recruit Frank Jackson going head-to-head against UConn commit Alterique Gilbert. It’s a matchup between two of the top guards in the 2016 class in what appeared to be a fantastic game between Jackson’s Lone Peak team and Gilbert’s Miller Union squad.
Duke Offers 2017 SF Kevin Knox – The 6’7″, 200-pound 5-star small forward from Tampa, Florida, picked up an offer from the Blue Devils last weekend. Knox is listed in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 3 small forward and No. 13 overall player in the class of 2017.
Mohamed Bamba Wants No. 1 Spot – Mohamed Bamba is one of Duke’s biggest targets in the 2017 class, literally and figuratively. The 6’11”, 200-pound 5-star center is one of two elite frontcourt prospects the Blue Devils are targeting, along with Wendell Carter. In this recent article by Evan Daniels of Scout, Bamba talks about his motivation and desire to be the top ranked player in the 2017 class, which he certainly has the potential to do.