With the 2016-17 Duke basketball season now in the history books, we can turn more of our attention to recruiting.
The coaches were quick to hit the recruiting trail following last weekend’s loss to South Carolina, and the staff is preparing for what will likely be a significant amount of roster turnover from last year’s squad.
With Jayson Tatum declaring for the NBA Draft and Chase Jeter announcing he’s transferring, Duke is already well on its way to looking like a very different team next season.
Here are the top recruiting headlines from the past week.
Duke Visited Trevon Duval and Kevin Knox This Week
According to Adam Rowe of The Devils Den, the Duke coaches took advantage of their unexpected extra free time this week by hitting the recruiting trail and checking in on a couple of the program’s top remaining targets for the 2017 class. On Tuesday morning, Mike Krzyzewski and his staff were at IMG Academy to meet with Trevon Duval, the top point guard in this year’s class. Later in the afternoon, Coach K and company were in Tampa to see Kevin Knox, one of the top wing players in the country. Duke is doing what it can to have a strong finish to its 2017 recruiting efforts.
Kevin Knox Sets Decision Date
Kevin Knox is getting closer to announcing where he’ll be attending college. According to an interview with USA Basketball, the 5-star small forward will be making his pick in mid-April, around April 10-16. The 6’9” 200-pound wing is down to a final four of Duke, Florida State, Kentucky, and North Carolina, with the Blue Devils rumored to be the favorite. For Duke, Knox could step in and help fill the void left by the departure of Jayson Tatum.
Duke Commits and Targets Win Gatorade State Player of the Year Awards
The 2016-17 Gatorade State Player of the Year awards were recently announced and Duke has multiple connections to players who received honors. 2017 commit Wendell Carter was the winner for the state of Georgia, while the Blue Devils have also extended offers for 2018 forward Marvin Bagley (California), 2018 point guard Tre Jones (Minnesota), and 2017 power forward Mo Bamba (Pennsylvania). See the full list on the Gatorade website.
2018 Point Guard Immanuel Quickley Trims List to 7
As Duke looks to fill a point guard spot that has given the program fits over the past two years, one of the players the Blue Devils are interested in is Immanuel Quickley. The 6’3”, 175-pound point guard from Maryland is listed in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 2 point guard and No. 10 overall player in the class of 2018. Scout’s Evan Daniels tweeted this week that Quickley cut his list of potential schools down to seven – Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Miami, Providence, Maryland, and Virginia.
Thanks for checking out this week’s recruiting roundup. We’ll keep you updated as any news breaks regarding Duke targets on the recruiting trail.