Duke Basketball Recruiting Roundup – August 5th Edition

Cameron Reddish | Photo: Chris Summerville

Welcome back to the latest edition of the Duke basketball recruiting roundup.

It’s been a busy summer recruiting period for the Duke coaching staff and there has been lots of news over the past few weeks with some of the biggest targets for the Blue Devils in the 2018 and 2019 recruiting classes and the possibility of guys re-classifying.

Here are a few key headlines from the past week to keep you in the know.

R.J. Barrett Moves Up to the 2018 Class
The No. 1 player in the 2019 class will now attempt to become the No. 1 player in the 2018 class. R.J. Barrett, a 6’6”, 180-pound forward from Canada, announced earlier this week that he would be re-classifying from the class of 2019 to 2018 – something that has been discussed as a possibility for the past few months. Barrett has been one of the most dominant players in the world over the past couple years on the youth circuit, which he showed again this summer in leading Team Canada to the gold medal at the U19 World Cup. Duke has already offered Barrett and he now becomes one of the program’s primary targets for next year’s class.

Marvin Bagley Cancels Arizona Visit
As he considers making the jump to the class of 2017, Marvin Bagley, the current No. 1 player in the class of 2018, is visiting potential schools where he could play what would likely be his one season in college basketball. According to ZagsBlog, that will not include a visit to Arizona, as he canceled his plans to visit Tucson earlier this week. Instead, the 5-star forward will take a visit to UCLA this week. Bagley has become the biggest recruiting story of the summer and, should he reclassify, he has the potential to establish himself as the No. 1 pick for the 2018 NBA Draft and turn his college team into a national championship contender, including the Blue Devils.

Cameron Reddish Trims His List to 5

Cameron Reddish announced the final five schools he’s considering with a tweet on Monday night. Reddish is a 6’8”, 200-pound small forward from Pennsylvania who’s one of the top wing players in the country. He is the No. 3 small forward and No. 5 overall player in the 247Sports Composite for the 2018 class. As you can see in the tweet, Reddish is considering Duke, Kentucky, UConn, Villanova, and UCLA. The Blue Devils are rumored to be the favorite for Reddish, but he has talked about how much he enjoyed playing for John Calipari as part of USA Basketball at the U19 World Cup over the summer, despite the team failing to win a gold medal.

Could Scottie Lewis & Bryan Antoine Be Another Package Duo for Duke?
Duke has  had success over the past few years with the concept of top players in recruiting classes deciding to join forces in college. Part of that is natural as the best players often want to play for the best programs, but they’ve also become more open about it in the recruiting process. The Blue Devils had it with Tyus Jones & Jahlil Okafor, last year with Harry Giles & Jayson Tatum, and again for the upcoming season with Wendell Carter and Gary Trent. We could see it next year with Darius Garland and Tre Jones, and according to a report from ZagsBlog, it could be on the radar for 2019 with Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis. The pair of 5-star guards both play for the Ranney School in New Jersey and are both ranked in the Top 10 of the 247Sports Composite. Both players reportedly now hold an offer from the Blue Devils and are discussing the idea of continuing to play together in college.

Thanks for checking out this week’s roundup. Follow us on Twitter at @DukeReport to get more updates and news.

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David Aldridge

David Aldridge

David has been a die hard fan of Duke Basketball since the 1990's, when Coach K and the Blue Devils slapped the floor and made their way into his heart. During his playing days, David perfected his role on his basketball team as being the guy who would hold everyone on the bench back after a teammate would make a clutch shot. He once played N.C. State legend David Thompson in a game of H-O-R-S-E. David won.

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