This week’s Duke basketball recruiting roundup features a variety of stories and headlines that emerged from many of Duke’s top targets spending the past week participating in tryouts for various teams with the USA Basketball program.
This provided another opportunity for the elite players to prove how they measure up against the best competition in the country, as well as giving media some access to talk with them about future plans for upcoming visits and decisions.
Here are some stories to keep you in the loop with guys on the recruiting radar for the Blue Devils.
This story from Rivals includes notes on Kevin Knox and Wendell Carter as two of the biggest standouts from the USA Basketball training camp. Both guys were trying out for the U17 team, which they made later in the week, with Carter being dominant in the post while Knox was asserting himself as one of the best wings in camp. The article also includes a video interview with class 2018 4-star point guard Tre Jones, who also holds an offer from Duke and is the younger brother of Tyus Jones.
Duke had a big visitor on campus for an unofficial visit this past weekend – literally. Class of 2018 5-star center David McCormack from Norfolk, Va., took the trip to Durham to get more familiar with the coaching staff and campus. McCormack measures in at 6’9”, 290 pounds and is ranked in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 5 center in the 2018 class.
Wendell Carter cleared up some recent news that Kentucky was leading in his recruitment. The 5-star power forward in the 2017 class explained that the quote of the Wildcats being his leader was a misunderstanding or taken out of context. During an interview at the USA Basketball training camp, Carter said he doesn’t have a leader in his recruitment right now and that he’s regularly hearing from coaches at Duke, Kentucky, Harvard, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona and California.
In his latest blog post with USA Today, Kevin Knox writes about his excitement for the upcoming Peach Jam with his AAU team. In his section about his recruitment, Knox singles out Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel (the only coach he mentions specifically by name) as the funniest coach to exchange text messages with. He also addresses the idea of being a package deal with some of the other top players in his class and says it’s not a priority for him, though he’s not opposed to joining some other top recruits if they end up at the same school he chooses.
Numerous players who hold offers from Duke were selected for the U17 roster for the USA Basketball World Championship Team. USA Basketball made its final cuts on Tuesday as part of the training camp in Colorado Springs and Troy Brown, Wendell Carter, Kevin Knox, and Gary Trent Jr. were the four players selected who hold an offer from Duke. The team will represent the United States at the 2016 FIBA Men’s U17 World Championship in Spain.
Duke and Kentucky have had some epic recruiting battles over the past few years, and the class of 2017 appears to be shaping up to feature a few more showdowns between the two programs. Wendell Carter, Gary Trent, and Kevin Knox are three 5-star prospects considering both schools, and this story from Scout is about how all three guys plan to attend Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness event in October. All three have also already visited Duke’s campus.
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