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Duke Basketball Recruiting Roundup – February 26

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Thanks for checking out the latest Duke basketball recruiting roundup.

Each week, we feature some of the top stories and news as it relates to Duke basketball recruiting commitments and the program’s top targets.

With many of the top high school players focusing on their state tournaments, it was a relatively slow week for recruiting news. However, we do have some good nuggets for you about guys who could become future Blue Devils.

Here’s the latest news.

New Michael Porter Jr. Blog Post

Michael Porter Jr. is the top ranked small forward in the class of 2017 and he published a new blog post this week on USA Today High School Sports. The 6’8”, 195-pound forward from Columbia, Mo., talks about his recruitment and the possibility of playing in college with Trae Young. Based on his comments, Oklahoma could be a landing spot for both players. With the attention the Duke coaching staff has placed on 5-star forward Kevin Knox over the past few weeks, it looks like he’s become more of the recruiting target instead of Porter.

Frank Jackson Passes 2,000 Career Points

According to the Deseret News, 2016 Duke commit Frank Jackson passed the 2,000 point mark in his high school career on Tuesday night. Jackson has averaged nearly 28 points per game this season for his Lone Peak team and is only the 7th player in school history to score at least 2,000 points. With the Utah State Tournament set to begin, Jackson hopes to have a few more games to build on his scoring total.

Harry Giles Takes in Duke’s Win Over Florida State

It’s not anything major, but 2016 Duke commit Harry Giles was in attendance on Thursday night for Duke’s win over Florida State. The No. 1 ranked power forward, who’s currently rehabbing from a knee injury that forced him to miss his senior season, tweeted a picture after the game with some of the coaches from Oak Hill Academy, where he was supposed to play his final year of high school basketball. Blue Devil fans can’t wait to see Giles back on the court in a Duke uniform next season.

Jayson Tatum is Named a Naismith Player of the Year Finalist

2016 Duke commit Jayson Tatum has been named as one of the five finalists for the Naismith Boy’s High School Player of the Year Award. Tatum and his Chaminade team are set to begin the Missouri State Tournament next week and are considered the favorites to win the title, which he has talked about all season as a huge motivation. Tatum is joined by Lonzo Ball (UCLA), Miles Bridges (Michigan St.), De’Aaron Fox (Kentucky), and Josh Jackson (undecided) as the other finalists. The winner will be selected on Sunday, April 3.

Duke Hosts Australian Jack White For Official Visit

A name that has quickly surfaced over the past few weeks in relation to Duke recruiting is Jack White, a 6’7” wing from Australia who could potentially be part of the 2016 class. Adam Rowe of 247Sports tweeted a picture of White in attendance with his family for Thursday night’s win over Florida State. In Australia, White has played for the Australian Institute of Sport. We’ll see if any news develops around his official visit with the Duke program.
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