It’s time for another edition of the Duke basketball recruiting roundup. It’s been a good week for the Blue Devils on the court, and there have also been a few developments with some of the program’s top recruiting targets.
Between new rankings for the 2017 class, a possible addition to the 2016 class, and upcoming visits, Duke fans have a lot to be excited about.
Here are some of the biggest recruiting stories from the past week.
According to 247Sports, Duke could soon land a commitment from Jack White, a small forward from Canberra, Australia who would be part of the 2016 class. With so much attention over the past few weeks being placed on adding another post player the next season’s freshman class, a player like White seems to be a bit of a surprise, but we’re seeing right now that quality depth is an issue for the Blue Devils. White, who has yet to receive a scholarship offer, is scheduled to visit Duke later this month.
2017 5-star small forward Kevin Knox is expected to be in the Research Triangle this weekend to visit both Duke and North Carolina, according to a tweet from Evan Daniels. Knox is a Top 10 player in the class of 2017 and appears to be emerging as one of the top recruiting targets for Mike Krzyzewski and his staff.
Scout published its latest Top 100 rankings for the class of 2017 and there are multiple players being pursued by Duke, including four of the top six – Mohamad Bamba, Wendell Carter, Michael Porter, & Kevin Knox. Two other players ranked in the Top 20, Gary Trent Jr. at No. 16 and D.J. Harvey at No. 17, also hold offers from the Blue Devils. With next season’s team projected to have multiple one-and-done players, it’s clear the pressure will be on for Duke to bring in recruits in the 2017 class who are ready to immediately contribute.
The 2017 5-star power forward published a new post on his USA Today High School Sports blog this week. Carter talks about how his high school team has turned things around after getting off to a rough start to begin the season, and how he’s playing with more confidence. He also mentions that he definitely plans to attend one of this year’s Duke-UNC games and that he’ll try to persuade Gary Trent Jr., a fellow 2017 5-star, into joining him on the trip.
You wouldn’t necessarily expect a kid from St. Louis to be a big Cam Newton fan, but 2016 Duke commit Jayson Tatum took to Instagram to defend the Carolina quarterback following the Super Bowl. In posting a picture of Newton giving a football to a kid in the stands, Tatum calls him a role model and someone he admires. Considering the upcoming NFL Hall of Fame class includes a guy who was likely involved in a murder, I’d say Tatum is on the right track in respecting a player like Newton, who’s biggest problem seems to be that he has fun when he plays the game.
Jason Jordan of USA Today High School Sports featured Gary Trent Jr. and his unstoppable behind-the-back step-back move. Trent is regarded as one of the best scorers in the class of 2017 and led the EYBL in scoring this past year. The 6’5”, 190-pound shooting guard is from Apple Valley, Minn., and is listed in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 2 player at his position in the 2017 class.