It’s a big week for Duke basketball recruiting as the coaching staff hits the road to meet with numerous top targets.
We also get a chance to see how a couple of Duke’s incoming recruits perform against other top players from around the world at this week’s Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, where Frank Jackson, Jayson Tatum, and Harry Giles are all in attendance.
Hopefully all three players are trying to do some recruiting themselves as fellow 2016 5-star Marques Bolden is also in attendance.
Each week, our recruiting roundup features some of the biggest stories related to Duke basketball recruiting targets and commits. Here are some of the key things you need to know from this past week.
Duke Coaches Visit Numerous Top Targets
Despite Mike Krzyzewski being sidelined as he recovers from knee surgery, the rest of the Duke coaching staff is hard at work on the recruiting trail as they schedule in-person visits with many of the best players in the country. According to Evan Daniels of Scout, a Friday night visit is scheduled with Kevin Knox – a 5-star wing in the class of 2017. According to Rick Lewis, the staff is also meeting with 2018 small forward Jairus Hamilton and 2019 wing Wendell Moore.
Andrew Slater of 247Sports has reported that Duke coaches are also visiting with 5-star 2017 center Mohamed Bamba and 2018 shooting guard Romeo Langford.
Frank Jackson Shines at Nike Hoop Summit Practice
In his Nike Hoop Summit practice observations posted on 247Sports, Jerry Meyer includes some high praise for incoming Duke guard Frank Jackson. Meyer describes the 6’3”, 180-pound guard from Utah as one of the best guards in the country who “has the tools to make a huge impact for Duke as a freshman.” Check out Meyer’s full article to see who else stood out.
Is Duke the New Favorite for Marques Bolden?
If you go off the predictions of many leading recruiting analysts, it seems like things are trending in a positive direction for Duke with Marques Bolden. The top ranked center in the class of 2016 has Duke, Kentucky, and TCU as his finalists, but most believe it’s a two-team race between the Blue Devils and Wildcats. Fans of both teams are still hoping to get Bolden as a potential impact player for next season, and he’d be joining a loaded roster in either situation. Here’s a little more context from a Kentucky blog’s perspective.
Harry Giles Making the Most of His Experience
Even though he’s unable to take the court, 5-star forward Harry Giles is still making the most of his opportunities to take part in events. Eric Bossi of Rivals includes some information on Giles from his report at the Nike Hoop Summit, where Giles is in attendance and doing anything he can to offer encouragement to his USA Basketball teammates. He also mentions the benefit of being able to rehab his knee injury with Duke’s medical staff and trainers and hopes to be ready to return to the court once practices begin in October.
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