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Duke Basketball Recruiting Roundup: June 3 Edition

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It’s a quiet time for Duke basketball recruiting as the 2016 class is set and the top players are at AAU tournaments that aren’t open to coaches.

There were a few interesting quotes and decisions related to 2017 and 2018 targets from the Blue Devils for the past week, including another story that will have Duke and Kentucky fans arguing with each other once again.

Welcome to the offseason!

The Little Things Matter on Recruiting Visits

Jason Jordan of USA Today talked with a handful of top recruits about the things they look for on a recruiting visit. It’s an interesting perspective on the mindset these 17-18 year old kids have when they’re visiting a campus and coaching staff that’s doing everything it can to roll out the red carpet. I appreciated the honesty of one recruit saying the girls on campus are part of the decision – meaning recruits are still just 18 year old kids excited about going to college and having some fun.

Wendell Carter Jr. Favoring Kentucky Over Duke?

We’ve reached peak offseason mode when a post on Zagsblog features an interesting quote from an elite player at an AAU tournament that causes message boards to go crazy. We got it this week when a post included a quote from Wendell Carter saying Kentucky is the school that’s higher for him right now in his recruitment, which was a surprise considering most recruiting experts view Duke as the heavy favorite. As a 5-star power forward and potentially the No. 1 overall player in the class of 2017, this is another big man both fanbases are hungry to land.

2018 5-Star Marvin Bagley Cuts List to 6

Marvin Bagley, the top ranked player in the class of 2018, trimmed his list of finalists to six schools on Thursday night via his Twitter account. (This is your regular reminder not to tweet at him, or any other recruit. Ever.)

Bagley’s list is comprised of Arizona, Arizona State, Duke, Kentucky, Oregon, and UCLA. Duke and Kentucky are the only schools not from the Pac-12, which makes sense as Bagley is from Arizona. He’s been one of the most impressive players on the EYBL circuit this spring and is ranked in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 1 power forward and No. 1 overall player in the 2018 class.

Harry Giles on Who Could be the Top Recruit in 2017

Duke freshman Harry Giles (it feels nice to be able to say that now, right?) shared his thoughts with Jason Jordan of USA Today about the players he thinks have the potential to take the No. 1 spot in the 2017 recruiting rankings. It’s the four players currently at the top of the rankings – DeAndre Ayton, Mohamed Bamba, Michael Porter, and Wendell Carter. Giles has high praise for Carter, saying that he knows how tough he is to handle after having played against him.

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