It’s one of the busiest times of the year for college basketball recruiting, and it’s no different for the players the Duke basketball program is targeting.
With various AAU tournaments and showcase events, as well as international opportunities and making college visits, this can be a hectic period for colleges and recruits.
Here are the top headlines from the past week related to Duke basketball recruiting targets and commits.
Zion Williamson Makes the Cover of SLAM Magazine
As a social media sensation and 5-star prospect, Zion Williamson might be the most well-known of the top players in the class of 2018. The freakishly athletic forward from Spartanburg, S.C., got even more attention this week with his appearance on the cover of SLAM Magazine. The magazine also has an in-depth profile of Williamson on its website that details his rise to stardom and what motivates him about the future. Williamson is considering a number of schools, but Duke, Kentucky, and Clemson are rumored to be the favorites.
USA Basketball Sends Out Training Camp Invites
Multiple players Duke is recruiting, as well as a current Blue Devil (Marques Bolden), received an invitation to the USA Basketball U19 World Cup Team Training Camp, held June 18-25 in Colorado Springs. The 28 players will compete for a spot on the 12-man roster that competes at the World Cup in Cairo in July. Romeo Langford and Cameron Reddish are two members of the class of 2017 who will be participating, and both hold offers from Duke. The squad will be coached by John Calipari. I’ll wait here for all the rants about how it gives him an unfair recruiting advantage.
Duke Showing Interest in 2018 Forward Cole Swider
Andrew Slater of 247Sports has a great profile up about class of 2018 3-star forward Cole Swider, who has recently started receiving some interest from Duke. In his interview with Slater, Swider describes the Blue Devils as his “dream school” and that he’s looking forward to visiting the campus. The 6’8” stretch-4 is the reigning Gatorade Player of the Year in Rhode Island and averaged over 26 points and 11 rebounds as a junior.
Scout Updates 2018 Top 100 Rankings
After evaluating performances in the EYBL and other AAU circuits, Scout has updated its player rankings for the class of 2018 and many players on Duke’s radar are making the climb. Duke offer Marvin Bagley still holds a firm grip on the No. 1 spot, and the Blue Devils are also working to get Zion Williamson and Cameron Reddish, the No. 3 & 4 players on the list. What’s most surprising is that the Blue Devils appear to be in good position with the top two point guards in the rankings – Tre Jones and Darius Garland. Jones has been one of the biggest stars in the EYBL this year and has jumped all the way up to the No. 7 overall spot, with Garland right behind him at No. 8. Click here to see the full list.
Tre Jones Talks EYBL Success & Recruiting
More good stuff from Andrew Slater of 247Sports in this interview with Duke target Tre Jones. As previously mentioned, Jones has been a surprise standout in the EYBL this year and is establishing himself as possibly the top point guard in the 2018 class. In this interview, Jones discusses his recruitment and some of the aspects of his very unique relationship with Duke and Coach K. For those unfamiliar, he is the younger brother of recent Blue Devil standout Tyus Jones. Duke is viewed as the heavy favorite to land a commitment from Tre.
New Blog Posts from Wendell Carter & Trevon Duval
2017 Duke commits Wendell Carter and Trevon Duval both published new blog posts this week on USA Today. Carter reflects on his time in high school and some of his best memories, and notes that he’s doing some traveling (New Zealand & Las Vegas) before headed to Duke this summer. Duval writes about his excitement for reporting to campus on July 2 and how much he’s looking forward to playing in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Be sure to check out both posts: Carter’s Corner & Trey Day.
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