Duke Basketball Recruiting Roundup: December 23rd Edition

Good news, Duke fans! It’s a story that has nothing to do with the Grayson Allen trip or suspension.

This week’s Duke basketball recruiting roundup includes a number of links and stories related to top Blue Devil recruiting targets who’ve been participating in holiday tournaments and showcase events around the country.

Here are this week’s headlines.

2018 5-Star Zion Williamson is Taking Over

Jordan Jordan of USA TODAY has a great profile up on Zion Williamson, who was dominating again this past week at the Chick-fil-A classic. The article provides an in-depth look at how quickly the audience and attention has grown for Williamson over the past year, whose dunks are regularly becoming viral sensations while he’s also playing in front of many of the nation’s top coaches. There is also perspective about how the 5-star forward’s parents are working to keep him humble, which includes having a nightly cell phone curfew and regularly keeping up with chores. Make sure to check out the complete article.

R.J. Barrett Proves His No. 1 Ranking

R.J. Barrett proved why he’s the top ranked player in the class of 2019 at the City of Palms Classic this past week, according to Evan Daniels of Scout. The 6’7” wing from Canada who plays for Montverde Academy in Florida led his team to the tournament championship and earned MVP honors along the way, showing off the full range of his offensive skills. Though he’s yet to schedule any visits or release a list of favorites, Barrett is definitely on the radar for Duke coaches for the 2019 recruiting class.

Mohamed Bamba Planning a Visit to Duke

Class of 2017 5-star frontcourt player Mohamed Bamba is hoping to schedule upcoming visits to Duke and Kentucky, according to an Evan Daniels tweet. The 6’11” power forward is a consensus top 5 player in the 2017 class and has already visited Michigan and Texas. The Blue Devils are in an interesting situation with its potential frontcourt next season, based on already having a commitment from 5-star power forward Wendell Carter and the unknown status of guys like Chase Jeter and Marques Bolden. Bamba is someone who can make an immediate impact, but he could view Duke’s frontcourt as a potential to be too crowded.

Cameron Reddish Stands Out at the City of Palms Classic

In his recap of 10 Standouts at the City of Palms event in Florida, Andrew Slater of 247Sports highlighted Cameron Reddish, a 5-star small forward in the class of 2018 who holds an offer from Duke. Reddish, a 6’8”, 195-pounder from Pennsylvania, is the No. 2 small forward and No. 4 overall player in the 247Sports Composite for 2018. Slater praised Reddish’s ability to attack the basket and generate consistent offense, despite his shot not falling.

Thanks for checking out this week’s recruiting roundup. Merry Christmas and go Duke!

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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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