It was a relatively quiet week on the recruiting trail for the Duke basketball program, compared to the excitement earlier this month when the Blue Devils received commitments from Tre Jones and Marvin Bagley.
However, there were still some developments related to targets in the 2018 and 2019 classes for Duke, as key players announced visit schedules and trimmed their college lists.
Here are some of the top headlines from the past week.
R.J. Barrett published a new blog on USA Today Sports and announced his list of official visits he’ll be taking over the next few weeks. After recently reclassifying to the class of 2018 from 2019, the recruiting process is speeding up for the 5-star forward who’s competing for the top spot in the 2018 rankings. According to his post, Barrett will be taking official visits to Kentucky, Duke, Arizona, Oregon and Michigan State. He’ll be heading to Durham September 15-17. He intends to commit and sign during the early signing period in the fall. Find out more by reading Barrett’s full blog post.
Emmitt Williams Trims List to Seven
2018 5-star power forward Emmitt Williams trimmed his list of potential schools to seven this week with a video post on his social media accounts. Williams has narrowed his list to Duke, Florida, Kansas, LSU, Miami, Oregon, and USC. He is a 6’8”, 200-pound forward from Florida who is ranked as the No. 5 power forward and No. 20 overall player in the 247Sports Composite for the 2018 class.
ESPN published its Top 60 player rankings for the class of 2019 this week and there’s a new leader at the top now that R.J. Barrett is no longer part of the class after jumping up to the 2018 group. A few names to keep in mind for Duke fans that the Blue Devils are showing interest in are Vernon Carey (No. 2), Matthew Hurt (No. 5), Cole Anthony (No. 6), Scottie Lewis (No. 8), and Bryan Antoine (No. 12).
Andrew Slater of 247Sports caught up with Darius Garland, a 5-star point guard Duke is pursuing for the 2018 class. Garland gives a few updates on the schools recruiting him, including the Blue Devils. Though Duke already received a commitment from Tre Jones, the top ranked point guard in the class of 2018, Garland is open to the idea of playing alongside Jones in the backcourt for Mike Krzyzewski and could serve more as a combo guard who can create his own shot. Garland is also being heavily recruited by Indiana, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Kansas, and UCLA.
Ricky O’Donnell of SB Nation takes a look at some of the top players in the 2018 class and predicts where he think they’ll end up playing college basketball. If he’s accurate with his guesses, it’s great news for the Blue Devils, as the article predicts R.J. Barrett, Cameron Reddish, and Darius Garland all wind up at Duke. It’ll be interesting to see if Barrett and Reddish are willing to play together as they’re both elite wing talents. O’Donnell predicts Zion Williamson will end up at Kentucky and Romeo Langford, a 5-star shooting guard with a Duke offer, will commit to Louisville.
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