There haven’t been any major Duke basketball recruiting announcements, but we’ve still got quite a few stories to get to in this week’s recruiting roundup.
The Blue Devils extended another offer to a guard in the class of 2018, we still await a decision from Marques Bolden, and ESPN released its final player rankings for the class of 2016.
Each week, our recruiting roundup highlights some of the biggest stories and news related to Duke basketball commitments and targets.
Here are the things you need to know from the past week.
Our own Chris Summerville took a deeper look at what could be some of the motivating factors as to why Marques Bolden still hasn’t decided where he’ll be playing his college basketball. The top ranked center in the class of 2016 is reportedly having a difficult time deciding between Duke and Kentucky, but it appears that both schools are willing to be patient to land him because he could be the final piece to a championship next season.
Cameron Reddish, a 5-star guard in the class of 2018, is the latest elite prospect to receive a scholarship offer from the Blue Devils. Reddish tweeted that received an offer earlier this week and Chad Lykins has a post up on 247Sports with a more detailed breakdown of how he’s been performing on the Nike EYBL circuit. Reddish joins Romeo Langford as the second shooting guard in the 2018 class to receive an offer from Duke in the past few weeks.
This article from the Lexington Herald Leader looks at the chances of Wendell Carter, Mohamed Bamba, and Gary Trent Jr., three of the top ranked players in the class of 2017, teaming up together in college. Carter and Trent have talked previously about the idea of joining together at the college level, and Bamba has a relationship with both, but it seems like it’s still somewhat uncertain. However, Duke is one of the only schools being strongly considered by all three players.
If ESPN’s player rankings for the class of 2016 are any indicator of future success, Duke fans should be very excited. The Blue Devils have the top ranked player in the class in Harry Giles, who held on to the top spot on the list despite missing his entire senior season due to a knee injury. Giles is joined in the Top 10 by Jayson Tatum at No. 3 and Frank Jackson at No. 10. 4-star power forward Javin DeLaurier also made the list at No. 44, and Duke target Marques Bolden is ranked 16th.
In his latest blog post on USA Today, Duke commit Jayson Tatum shares about his excitement of getting to immerse himself in the Duke basketball family and spend time with the team. He also says that he’s confident the Blue Devils will be able to add Marques Bolden to its incoming recruiting class and that he’s spent a lot of time communicating with the 5-star center from Texas. Be sure to check out Tatum’s full blog post to read more about what it meant to him to finally win the state championship that had eluded him for the past three years.
Thanks for checking out this week’s recruiting roundup. If you have questions, let me know on Twitter at @davidmaldridge.