Following yesterday’s disappointing loss, let’s get to the good stuff of the Duke basketball recruiting roundup.
Similar to college basketball, most high school state tournaments are taking place around the country, meaning Duke recruiting targets and commitments are trying to lead their teams to state championships.
Every Friday, we pull together the latest news and features related to high school prospects and commits connected to the Blue Devils.
Here are the stories from this week.
2016 Duke commit Jayson Tatum posted a new blog on USA Today High School Sports on Thursday and gave an update on how his team is faring in its run in the Missouri playoffs. Tatum also offers some support for this year’s Blue Devils and how it’s a team that still could be dangerous in the NCAA Tournament. The 5-star forward isn’t finished recruiting for Duke’s 2016 class, including a mention for 5-star center Marques Bolden and how he’d be a great piece on the Duke roster next season.
Marques Bolden is the No. 1 center in the 2016 class and is still a big priority in the class of 2016 for Mike Krzyzewski and his coaching staff. See why Bolden is viewed as a difference-maker next season in the latest mixtape by ballislife.com. Most recruiting experts view the race for Bolden as a two-way battle between Duke and Kentucky, but he’s also reportedly still considering Oklahoma and TCU.
5-star 2017 power forward Wendell Carter led his Pace Academy team to the AA Georgia State title last week in a 65-43 victory over Manchester. Carter showed why he’s in contention to be the No. 1 ranked player in the 2017 class with a dominant run through the tournament that was capped with a 30 point, 20 rebound performance in the championship game. Duke is considered to be a heavy favorite in the recruitment of Carter.
Earlier this week, we took a more in-depth look at what the commitment of Australian forward Jack White means for the 2016 recruiting class for the Blue Devils. I address the question of whether or not Duke fans can expect White to contribute immediately for the Blue Devils next season and how he could potentially fit in the long-term plans for the program.
Jayson Tatum was recently featured in the #Get2TheGame series presented by American Family Insurance. The short video includes interviews with Tatum and those close to him, including his high school coach and mother, who talk about what drives him as a player. Tatum is expected to be a star for the Blue Devils next season as a freshman and is already projected as a potential Top 5 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
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