This week’s Duke basketball recruiting roundup features lots of good stuff about recent performances from current Duke commitments and recruiting targets.
Between the 2016 and 2017 recruiting classes, many elite prospects with ties to the Blue Devils have been drawing attention lately, whether it’s for their play on the court or for possible upcoming decisions.
Let’s get to the news!
Andrew Slater of 247Sports has a recap about the top ten performers at the recent Cancer Research Classic in West Virginia. According to Slater, Jayson Tatum showed off his impressive array of offensive skills and had one of his best performances of the season. Here’s a highlight video of Tatum dropping 46 points against Huntington Prep at the event.
Duke target Mohamed Bamba was also one of the best players in attendance, as well as big man Bruno Fernando, who’s recently received some interest from Duke.
In another recap article, Jason Jordan of USA Today High School Sports sums up some of the key points from the tournaments many of the top players took part in during the holidays. Harry Giles III continues to be one of the most popular players to watch, despite not even playing because of his knee injury, and Jayson Tatum is building a strong case for National Player of the Year.
5-star center Marques Bolden is one of the players Duke is still hoping to add to its 2016 class, but recruiting insiders believe the Texas native could be leaning towards picking Kentucky. This article from the Lexington Herald-Leader looks at why the Wildcats appear to have the edge for getting Bolden.
According to Evan Daniels of Scout, 2017 5-star forward Kevin Knox is planning to take unofficial visits to both Duke and North Carolina next month. The 6’8”, 195-pound wing from Tampa, FL., intends to be at Duke when the Blue Devils host Virginia on February 13, and then he’ll be in Chapel Hill the next day when North Carolina hosts Pitt. Knox currently holds offers from both programs.
Courtside Films recently released a new mixtape of 2017 5-star shooting guard Gary Trent Jr., who holds an offer from the Blue Devils. Trent plays for Apple Valley High School in Minnesota, where former Duke standout Tyus Jones also played. He’s regarded as one of the best scorers in the 2017 class.
2017 5-star center Wendell Carter Jr. is the latest elite hoops prospect to start a blog on USA Today High School Sports. In his first post, Carter writes about the challenges of his Pace Academy getting off to a rough start for his junior season and how he’s trying to improve as a leader. Carter also mentions how he enjoys talking to Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel and the stories Capel tells him from practice.