Thanks for checking out this week’s Duke basketball recruiting roundup.
The top targets for the Blue Devils in the 2017 class are finishing up their official visits and getting closer to making decisions.
There are also players in the 2018 and 2019 classes who continue to emerge as potential stars and establishing themselves as the key prospects Duke should focus on over the next couple years.
Here are the top headlines from the past week.
ESPN’s Paul Biancardi Discusses Duke’s 2017 Class
ESPNU posted a video on its Twitter feed this week of recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi breaking down the 2017 recruiting class for the Blue Devils. He offers some thoughts on Duke’s three commits – Wendell Carter, Gary Trent, and Alex O’Connell, as well as the other three players on the wishlist – Trevon Duval, Mo Bamba, and Kevin Knox. Biancardi compares Duval to point guards like Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose.
— ESPNU (@ESPNU) February 23, 2017
Andrew Slater of 247Sports has a good piece up on 2017 5-star power forward Mohamed Bamba, who will be on campus next week as Duke hosts Florida State, which is also his final official visit. With Wendell Carter already committed to this year’s recruiting class and considered the best low-post scorer in the class, Bamba could flourish with his strengths as a defender and rebounder. He’s also considering Michigan, Texas, and Kentucky, with the Longhorns and Wildcats rumored to be the two schools in the lead, at this point.
Whether it’s at sold-out gyms, SportsCenter’s Top 10, or highlight videos that take over social media, people can’t get enough of Zion Williamson. The 5-star forward in the 2018 class from Spartanburg, South Carolina, is so explosive that people were writing stories this past week asking if Williamson could have won last weekend’s NBA dunk contest. This article from The State offers a good look into what life has been like for Williamson this season and how he’s handling the increased celebrity status.
Now that he’s taken all of his official visits, Kevin Knox is planning an April announcement on where he’ll be attending college. The 5-star small forward in the class of 2017 is considering Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Florida State. Knox is ranked in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 2 small forward and No. 8 overall player in the class. He’s a 6’8”, versatile forward who Duke believes could step in as next season’s replacement to Jayson Tatum, while UNC is hoping he could do the same to fill the spot left by Justin Jackson.
Trevon Duval has the whole official visit thing figured out. The top ranked point guard in the class of 2017 is in Arizona this weekend as the Wildcats host UCLA in the marquee game of the weekend and where College Gameday will be in attendance. Then, he’ll follow that up with a trip to Baylor, where the Bears will host West Virginia on Monday night. A few weeks ago, Duval was in Lawrence as Kansas hosted Baylor and was in attendance for the UNC-Duke game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. He’s definitely getting the opportunity to experience the best big-game atmospheres these schools can offer.
Get to know Moses Brown, a big man in the class of 2018, with this profile by Corey Evans of Rivals. The 5-star, 7-foot center from New York is on Duke’s radar, and according to the article, he’s still growing. Brown already holds offers from Maryland, Florida, and Kansas, but he’s also getting interest from Kentucky, Louisville, Duke, and a push from St. John’s as the hometown school. With 2018 projecting to be a weak class for frontcourt players, it’ll be interesting to see where the elite programs pick their battles over the top players.
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