It’s been a while since we’ve had a Duke Basketball Recruiting Roundup, but there’s a lot going on in the recruiting world right now and it’s Friday the 13th so I’m getting back into the swing of things!
July is regarded as the busiest month of the year in college basketball recruiting and coaches will be at grassroots and AAU events all over the country over the next few weeks as they evaluate players and pitch their programs.
Many of the biggest names in the sport, including the Duke coaching staff, have been in North Augusta, SC, this week for the Nike EYBL Peach Jam, which is arguably the premier summer tournament and recruiting showcase. It’s also a major event for recruiting media, who get the opportunity to interview many top prospects. There is also a large group at an Under Armour Challenge tournament in Georgia.
Here are the biggest headlines and stories from the past week related to individuals Duke is currently targeting.
Josiah James Trims List to Nine
Class of 2019 5-star point guard Josiah James announced last week that he’d trimmed his list of potential schools to nine, and Duke made the list, along with Michigan State, Arizona, Kansas, Tennessee and Virginia. The Charleston, SC, product is also considering Clemson and South Carolina, the two major in-state programs. He talked a little about his recent experience with USA Basketball, as well as his plans for college visits and a recruiting timetable in an interview with Evan Daniels of 247Sports.
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Team USA Wins Gold at FIBA U17 World Cup
Multiple Duke targets were part of the U17 USA Basketball squad that won gold at the FIBA World Cup in Argentina this past weekend. The team went 7-0 during the event, including a dominant 95-52 win over France in the title game. USA Basketball is now 37-0 all-time at the FIBA U17 World Cup. Duke target Vernon Carey was named to the All-Tournament team, and fellow Duke target Isaiah Stewart scored a team high 15 points in the championship game. North Carolina native and 5-star forward Wendell Moore (another key 2019 target) was also a starter on the team.
ESPN Names Duke’s Biggest Recruiting Need for 2019
Jeff Borzello of ESPN published an article this week about the biggest recruiting need in 2019 for every Top 25 team and he believes the Blue Devils have an abundance of options. Borzello lists “Probably everything” in his section for Duke, which is fair considering the team will likely be replacing three potential one-and-dones in R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish, and Zion Williamson. It’s no surprise that Coach K appears to be trying to put together a rather large 2019 recruiting class to make up for the losses.
Duke Shows Interest in Kahlil Whitney
Duke is interested in 2019 wing Kahlil Whitney, according to a report by Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog. Whitney is a 5-star small forward who is the No. 5 small forward and No. 18 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite. He’s been a standout for his Mac Irvin Fire squad on the EYBL circuit, averaging over 20 points per game. Whitney is considering Illinois, Georgetown, St. John’s, and Syracuse, among others.
What’s Next for Duke?
Rob Dauster & Scott Phillips of NBC Sports look at five storylines to follow during the July evaluation period, and what Duke does next is one of the big things they’ll be watching. Phillips writes about how it could be difficult for the Blue Devils to match the incredible talent of the past few recruiting classes, and we still haven’t seen how the 2019 class will take shape. It will also be interesting to see if Coach K can incorporate some long-term guys to help provide more roster stability.
Bryan Antoine On Where His Leaders Stand
Dan McDonald of Rivals caught up with Duke target Bryan Antoine this week at the Under Armour Challenge event in Georgia. Antoine is the top ranked shooting guard in the class of 2019 in the 247Sports Composite. He gave some thoughts on each of the five schools he’s considering, including saying Duke’s Joey Baker is one of his best friends and that Jon Scheyer is in constant communication with him. Antoine is planning to take all his official visits in September and hopes to have his decision made before his high school season.
Cole Anthony Makes Slam Cover
Cole Anthony may not be the No. 1 overall player in the class of 2019 (yet) but he’s the biggest star in the class. The top ranked point guard from New York City is featured on the latest cover of SLAM Magazine, which also includes an in-depth article about him. Anthony is hoping to be the latest in a long line of great point guards from the NYC area, including Kenny Anderson, Stephon Marbury, Mark Jackson, and Pearl Washington. He’s also the son of former NBA guard Greg Anthony. Some analysts regard Duke as the favorite to get Anthony, but he disputed that idea in a recent interview with the New York Post, saying he didn’t understand how people could say they think they know where he’s going before he even knows.
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