The Duke basketball program is back to work on the recruiting trail now that Mike Krzyzewski and Jeff Capel have returned from the Summer Olympics.
There was some movement this past week with the Blue Devils extending two offers to players in the class of 2017, as well as a few other updates with guys who are on Duke’s radar.
Hopefully, Coach K can capitalize on the positive momentum of bringing home a third consecutive gold medal with USA Basketball, which I’m sure will continue to infuriate opposing fans.
Here are the biggest headlines from the past week.
News broke on Thursday afternoon that Duke had extended a scholarship offer to Jermaine Samuels, a 4-star wing in the 2017 class. The Blue Devils had shown interest in Samuels with his strong performance in the EYBL this summer, and they now join Kansas, Indiana, Georgetown and Villanova as the five programs he’s considering. Check out our article from Thursday to learn more about Samuels and his game.
Jermaine Samuels was the 2nd player in the class of 2017 to pick up an offer this week, as Alex O’Connell, a shooting guard from Georgia also received an offer from Duke. O’Connell has a unique family connection to Duke as his father played for the Blue Devils in the 1970s. Even if he doesn’t follow in his father’s footsteps and come to Durham, there’s a good chance he plays in the ACC as he’s also considering Syracuse and Louisville.
5-star power forward Mohamed Bamba has joined the trend of top recruits partnering with USA Today to create his own blog and came out with his first post this week. Bamba writes about what he’s hoping to improve with his game and conditioning, as well as indicating that there’s no timetable set for his recruitment and he’s still at the stage of getting to know the coaches. I do find it funny that he mentions that he wants to go to a school that he can be proud of being there for 4 years. Considering how much NBA scouts are already salivating over his length, Mo is more likely to spend four months in college than four years. Be sure to check out his full blog post.
A number of Duke targets made the cut for the new Top 100 rankings that were released by Scout this week. The Duke site, The Devils Den, has an article up with a more in-depth look at the players the Duke coaches are focusing on, which includes three players in the Top 10 and seven in the Top 100. With there expected to be significant roster turnover this season due to graduation and departures to the NBA, the 2017 class could be one of the largest Mike Krzyzewski has ever had at Duke.
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