It’s always a great week for Duke basketball when it includes a win over North Carolina. The Blue Devils were victorious in a terrific game against UNC on Thursday night, the 4th straight win for a team that’s starting to round into form.
On the recruiting trail, Duke is still trying to close with its top targets in the class of 2017, as well as build relationships with players in potential future classes.
Here are the top headlines from the past week.
Class of 2017 5-Star Visitors in Attendance for UNC-Duke
Duke commits Gary Trent Jr. and Wendell Carter Jr. were in attendance for Duke’s win over UNC on Thursday night, as well as top-ranked point guard Trevon Duval. The Blue Devils are rumored to be the favorite to land Duval, and hopefully Thursday night’s incredible atmosphere and the persuasion of Trent & Carter will help him elect to come to Duke. The 5-star point guard, who plays for IMG Academy in Florida, is also considering Kansas, Baylor, Arizona and Seton Hall.
Gary Trent Jr., a 5-star shooting guard and Duke commit for the class of 2017, has a new post up this week on his Trent’s Truth blog on USA Today. He writes about his excitement and pride of being selected to participate in the McDonald’s All American and Jordan Brand Classic games, and also mentions that he’s doing what he can to try to get fellow 5-stars Kevin Knox, Trevon Duval and Mo Bamba to join him at Duke next season.
According to Evan Daniels of Scout, Marvin Bagley had one of the best performances of the season last weekend at the Nike Extravaganza in California. Bagley showed why he’s the top ranked player in the class of 2018 with a dominant display in a win over Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas, scoring 43 points while also grabbing 14 rebounds. The 6’11”, 220-pound power forward already holds an offer from Duke, as well as many other elite programs, including Kentucky, Arizona, and UCLA.
I mentioned in last week’s recruiting roundup that Kevin Knox’s official visit to North Carolina was in jeopardy due to the water issues in Chapel Hill and subsequent postponement/relocation of UNC’s home game against Notre Dame, which was played in Greensboro. The 5-star forward in the 2017 class cancelled his visit, and has now rescheduled it to be in Chapel Hill next weekend when the Tar Heels host Virginia, according to a report by the News & Observer. Knox is down to four finalists – North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky and Florida State.
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