It’s a time of transition for the Duke basketball program. Luke Kennard’s declaration for the NBA Draft marked the third player from last season’s team to depart for the league, and we’re still waiting to see whether Grayson Allen will join them or return to Durham.
There was also news that Marques Bolden would be returning to Duke for his sophomore season.
We’ll see what kind of impact that could have on the recruiting trail, particularly with big man Mohamed Bamba, who could see Duke’s frontcourt as too crowded for his liking.
Here are some of the top headlines from the past week.
Team USA Wins Nike Hoops Summit
Chris Summerville has a recap of Team USA’s victory over the World Team at the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland this past week. Duke commits Wendell Carter and Gary Trent Jr. participated in the game, as well as key targets Kevin Knox, Mohamed Bamba, and Trevon Duval. It’s part of the All-Star exhibition tour many of the top high school players on the country participate in, following the recent week in Chicago for the McDonald’s All American game. Hopefully Carter and Trent are able to take advantage of the time to do some campaigning on Duke’s behalf.
An In-State Battle for Romeo Langford
Romeo Langford is one of the top players on Duke’s radar for the class of 2018. The 6’5” guard from New Albany, Indiana, is one of the best scorers in his class, ranked by the 247Sports Composite as the the No. 1 shooting guard and No. 3 overall player in the country. Duke is interested in Langford, but the Blue Devils should expect tough competition from Indiana. According to an interview with the Indy Star, Langford was contacted this past week by new Hoosier head coach Archie Miller, who informed the 5-star guard that he will be Indiana’s main target.
247Sports Interview with Kevin Knox
Andrew Slater of 247Sports caught up with 2017 5-star forward Kevin Knox last week at the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland for a Q&A. The interview offers some info about why Knox decided to visit Missouri and the potential appeal of playing alongside Michael Porter Jr. Knox also discusses whether UNC winning the national title has any impact on his recruitment or not, and how he’s waiting to see how the roster continues to evolve for Duke as guys declare for the NBA Draft. Check out the full interview on 247Sports.
Bamba & Duval Getting Close to Decisions
As two Top 10 players in the class of 2017, the college choices of Trevon Duval and Mohamed Bamba will likely have a major impact on next season. If Duke is fortunate, the Blue Devils will land commitments from both players and have one of the most talented rosters in the country. Duval and Bamba were both in Portland last week for the Nike Hoop Summit and, according to this USA Today article, both are getting close to making their college decisions. Duval is down to Duke, Arizona, Seton Hall, Baylor and Kansas, while Bamba is considering Kentucky, Duke, Texas, and Michigan.
Darius Garland on His Recruitment
Darius Garland is the top ranked point guard in the 2018 class, and he provided some thoughts on his recruitment in a recent interview with Rivals. The Blue Devils are hoping Garland can help solve some of the point guard challenges that have hurt the program over the past couple years. He’s also being recruited by Kansas, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and now Indiana is trying to become a factor. See the full article on Rivals.
Thanks for checking out this week’s recruiting roundup. Go Duke!