Duke Basketball Recruiting Roundup: July 29

The Duke basketball coaches were back out on the recruiting trail last week to take part in another live evaluation period.

Many of the top targets were playing in Las Vegas, including players Duke is focused on for the next couple recruiting classes. The Blue Devils also extended an offer for a top prospect in the 2021 class.

Here are some of the top headlines from the past week.

Duke Offers 2021 5-Star Patrick Baldwin Jr.
Patrick Baldwin is one of the top players in the class of 2021 and he’s already on the recruiting radar of the Duke coaching staff. According to a tweet from Baldwin, he received an offer from the Blue Devils early last week. It’s highly unusual and speaks to his talent and potential as Duke hasn’t even extended many offers for the class of 2020, much less 2021. Baldwin is a 6’8”, 190-pound forward from Wisconsin and will definitely be a top prospect to keep an eye on over the next couple years.

The Devils Den on Duke’s Priorities During the Live Evaluation Period
If you want a preview of who Duke is targeting in the 2019 and 2020 classes, this overview by Adam Rowe of The Devils Den is a great place to start. It summarizes who the coaching staff has been following during this summer’s live evaluation periods and offers a few interesting tidbits, such as how incoming freshman Joey Baker could be a big asset in recruiting a top 2019 target.

5-Star PG Josiah James Schedules Duke Visit
Josiah James is one of multiple point guards Duke is recruiting for the class of 2019. The 6’6”, 5-star prospect from South Carolina will be visiting Duke in a couple weeks (August 11-12) to get more familiar with the campus and the program, according to Rivals.com report from Orlando this past week. James recently trimmed the list of schools he’s considering to nine finalists, including Duke, Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee, Michigan State and Florida State.

NBCSports Profile on Cole Anthony
For people who follow recruiting, it could be easy to hear 5-star point guard Cole Anthony say he’s not going to talk about the schools he’s considering and think this is another entitled recruit who’s just trying to get more attention for himself by being tight-lipped to create suspense and speculation. But in this recent NBCSports feature, you get a great picture of what makes Anthony tick and how he’s handling the process that comes with being one of the top players in the class of 2019, as well as the son of Greg Anthony, a former NBA player and well-known figure in college basketball. There’s a lot to like about Cole Anthony, especially when he says, “I just don’t want to be an asshole. That’s the only thing I’ve never wanted to do.”

Armando Bacot Includes Duke in Final 5
2019 5-star power forward Armando Bacot announced the final five schools he’s considering in a tweet on Saturday, and the list includes Duke, VCU, North Carolina, Georgia, and Oklahoma State. Bacot is a 6’10”, 240-pound post player from Richmond who’s ranked as the No. 26 overall prospect in the 247Sports Composite for the class of 2019. UNC is considered to be the favorite for Bacot, and Duke appears to be focusing on Isaiah Stewart and Vernon Carey as its top targets for post players in the 2019 class.

Cole Anthony & Wendell Moore Video
Not much here, but it’s a cool video from SLAM that features the AAU teams of Cole Anthony & Wendell Moore going at it it this past week in Las Vegas. Both players are top targets for Duke in the class of 2019. Moore’s CP3 squad got the 86-78 win.

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David Aldridge

David Aldridge

David has been a die hard fan of Duke Basketball since the 1990's, when Coach K and the Blue Devils slapped the floor and made their way into his heart. During his playing days, David perfected his role on his basketball team as being the guy who would hold everyone on the bench back after a teammate would make a clutch shot. He once played N.C. State legend David Thompson in a game of H-O-R-S-E. David won.

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