Our latest edition of the Duke basketball recruiting roundup is no April Fool’s Day joke, and there is plenty for Blue Devil fans to be excited about on the recruiting trail.
It hasn’t been a big week in terms of new developments with recruiting targets, but a few members of the incoming 2016 class had a chance to shine on the stage of the McDonald’s All American Game.
Jayson Tatum and Frank Jackson didn’t disappoint, and it serves as even more reason for optimism that Duke has a great chance to get back to the Final Four in 2017.
Here are some of the other top stories from the world of recruiting from the past week.
Our own Zion Olojede had a chance to talk with 2016 Duke recruit Jayson Tatum and get his thoughts on what it meant to finally capture that elusive Missouri state championship, the possibility of getting to play with Amile Jefferson next season, and a motivating text message he received from a former Blue Devil following Duke’s loss to Oregon. Click here to check out Zion’s full interview with Jayson. It’s a great read.
Jayson Tatum added another award to his incredible list of accomplishments by being named the Gatorade National Player of the Year. The 5-star wing from St. Louis, Missouri, is widely considered to be a Top 5 recruit in the class of 2016 and is already projected as a potential Top 5 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. As a senior, he averaged 29.5 points and 9.1 rebounds while leading his Chaminade team to a 29-5 record and the Class 5A Missouri state championship.
Frank Jackson put on a show at the McDonald’s All American Game. Between winning the POWERADE Jam Fest slam dunk contest, and scoring 19 points in the actual game, including hitting 4 three-pointers in the 2nd half, Jackson’s arsenal of skills were on full display. His play was a big part of the reason the West secured the 114-107 victory. Here’s a great video montage of his performance in the dunk contest from Duke Blue Planet.
Jason Jordan of USA Today Sports put out a list of 5 elite high school hoopers you’ll likely see participating in the 2017 McDonald’s All American Game. Anything can happen with injuries, as we saw this season with Dennis Smith & Harry Giles, but the five players on his list appear to be well on their way to earning the recognition of being a McDonald’s All American. Three of the players on the list, Trae Young, Michael Porter, and Wendell Carter, currently hold offers from the Blue Devils.
Thanks for checking out this week’s recruiting roundup. If you’ve got questions or comments, feel free to let me know on Twitter at @davidmaldridge.