This week’s Duke basketball recruiting roundup has lots of interesting articles related to commits and targets.
Between the best players in the country making their way to various all-star games, recruits giving interviews about where they’re at with the recruiting process, and more players creating their own blogs, it’s a busy time in the recruiting world.
Each week, our recruiting roundup features some of the biggest stories related to Duke basketball commitments and targets.
Here are the headlines to keep you in the loop from this past week.
He’s one of the more unheralded recruits in Duke’s incoming freshman class, but this feature by The Daily Progress in Charlottesville looks at what makes Javin DeLaurier a star in the making. DeLaurier talks about what led him to the decision of becoming a Blue Devil and how he’s looking forward to the challenge of getting to compete against some of the best freshmen in the country in Duke’s practices. Check out the full article to get to know more about DeLaurier.
Kevin Knox is one of the latest players to partner with USA Today High School Sports in creating a blog. Knox is a 5-star wing from Tampa, Fl., in the class of 2017 who holds an offer from Duke and appears to be one of the primary targets for the Duke coaching staff in next year’s class. Knox includes some info about his recent in-home visit with Jeff Capel and how he heard from Coach K despite him being unable to take part in the visit as he was recovering from knee surgery.
Trae Young is another 2017 prospect with a blog on USA Today High School Sports and he published a new post this week. Young, who’s the No. 4 point guard in the 2017 class in the 247Sports Composite, writes about his upcoming summer schedule and the events he’s planning to participate it. He also mentions the regular communication he has with John Calipari and Shaka Smart. At this point, it looks like Duke is out of the race for Young and many consider him to be leaning towards Kentucky.
A number of scouts and analysts were in attendance at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland last week, including Michael Visenberg of NBADraft.net. In his recap of the event, Visenberg evaluates each player from the Team USA squad and has high praise for the two Duke commits who were on the team, calling Jayson Tatum the most consistent overall player at the event and complementing Frank Jackson’s strength and athleticism.
Marques Bolden is one of the biggest remaining recruiting targets in the 2016 class, both literally and figuratively. The 5-star center’s decision could come at any time and he’s reportedly deciding between Duke and Kentucky. In this recent interview with 247Sports from the Jordan Brand Classic, Bolden spoke about how he’s ready to wrap up the recruiting process and the final pitches he received from the Duke and Kentucky coaches.
Jason Jordan of USA Today put together an interesting article where he had a few of the top players from the 2016 class talk about which school they would have chosen, if not for their original choice. The article includes comments from Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, and Frank Jackson. For Jackson, who was committed to BYU at one point, I’d say his decision to pick Duke over Utah kept him from becoming public enemy No. 1 for BYU fans for years to come.
It’s not easy for him to be sidelined as he recovers from injury, but Harry Giles is excited to be part of the high school all-star games in any capacity. Giles was in Portland last week to offer his support and encouragement for Team USA at the Nike Hoop Summit, and he’s a cheerleader again this week at the Jordan Brand Classic. In this interview with USA Today, it’s great to see the mentality of Giles, who appears to be soaking up everything he can about his high school basketball experience, even if it hasn’t gone the way he was hoping.
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