This week’s Duke basketball recruiting roundup is packed full of news. July is arguably the busiest month of the year for recruiting, and many of the top targets for the Blue Devils are performing on some of the biggest stages.
Here are a few of the top headlines to keep you in the loop with the guys who are on Duke’s recruiting radar.
Andrew Slater of 247Sports has a great feature and profile on 2017 5-star power forward Wendell Carter Jr., one of the top targets for Duke in next year’s recruiting class. The article chronicles the incredible past year Carter has had, which has included winning multiple gold medals with USA Basketball, the EYBL Championship at the Peach Jam with his former AAU team, and a Georgia State Championship with Pace Academy.
As arguably the top low-post player in the 2017 class, it’s easy to see why Duke has such strong interest in Carter. Based on his interview with Slater, Carter’s current timeline has him making his college decision next spring.
The U17 U.S. Men’s team completed their domination of the FIBA U17 World Championships in Spain on Sunday with a 96-56 victory over Turkey in the title game. Duke targets Wendell Carter, Kevin Knox, and Gary Trent all had a major impact in the game, with Trent leading the team with a game high 17 points, while Knox had a game high four steals and Carter was dominant in the paint with 11 points and 8 rebounds. Carter was named to the All-Tournament Team along with USA guard Collin Sexton, who was the tournament MVP. It was the fourth straight gold medal for the Americans at the U17 edition of the FIBA World Championship.
In another profile by Andrew Slater of 247Sports, we get an introduction to Immanuel Quickley, who is shaping up to be one of Duke’s targets for the point guard position in the 2018 class. The 5-star point guard from Baltimore said that he and Duke are building a relationship right now, and he’s caught the attention of many of the best programs in the country. Quickley was part of the USA Basketball squad that won the title at the FIBA U17 World Championships last week and is viewed as a potential elite defender.
Evan Daniels of Scout posted the site’s Top 25 player rankings for the 2019 class earlier this week and the name at the top of the list is one Duke fans will want to remember. R.J. Barrett is a 6’6” wing from Canada who plays at Montverde Academy in Florida and he stood out at the FIBA World Championships last week for the Canadian team. Mike Krzyzewski and Jeff Capel were seen sitting courtside for one of Barrett’s games at the Peach Jam tournament.
According to some quotes and reports from the Peach Jam event, 2016 5-star power forward Wendell Carter hasn’t heard from Kentucky’s coaches in quite a while. It could be a sign the Wildcats are moving on to other targets in the class of 2016 and this won’t be another round of the Duke-Kentucky recruiting battles we’re accustomed to seeing. Carter is considering Duke, Harvard, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and others, but the Blue Devils are viewed as the heavy favorite.
Duke is hoping to land an incredible frontcourt duo in the class of 2016 with a tandem of Wendell Carter and Mohamed Bamba, which would give Coach K the top incoming power forward and center in the nation. According to a report in The News & Observer, Bamba is still considering all his options and wants to find a system where he can flourish while not being locked into a specific position – an idea that Duke has capitalized on over the past few years with elite recruits.
Duke Coaches in Attendance at Peach Jam
Many of the nation’s top high school players are in August this week participating in the Peach Jam tournament, which is the final stop for the Nike EYBL. Duke’s coaches have been seen in attendance catching the performances of many of the program’s top targets, including Mohamed Bamba, Quade Green, Deng Gak, Wendell Carter, R.J. Barrett, Romeo Langford, Zion Williamson, Immanuel Quickley, and Kevin Knox.
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