Compared to last week, it’s been a relatively quiet week for Duke basketball recruiting. The 2016 class is set and a few of its members are already on campus at Duke, taking summer classes and participating in workouts.
We’ll keep an eye on how things develop over the summer with the incoming freshmen, while also shifting more of a focus on Duke’s biggest recruiting targets in the classes of 2017 and 2018.
Here are the top recruiting related stories to check out from this past week.
Jayson Tatum was part of the dominant U.S. performance at the Nike Hoop Summit a few months ago, where the Americans cruised to a 101-67 over the World Select Team. Tatum showed why he’s one of the top players in the 2016 class, scoring 14 points and 4 rebounds in only 17 minutes. Scout put together a new highlight video featuring his performances in workouts and during the game.
Get to know 2017 5-star forward Kevin Knox in this new video from Home Team Hoops. Knox is a 6’8”, 195-pound forward from Tampa, Fl., who’s ranked in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 2 small forward and No. 6 overall player in the class of 2017. It’s a lengthy video (over 24 minutes), but it offers a more in-depth look at Knox than what you’d see in a typical highlight video or mixtape.
Romeo Langford is one of the many players who picked up an offer from Duke on the recruiting trail this spring. The 6’3”, 180-pound shooting guard from Indiana is ranked in the 247Sports Composite as the top shooting guard and No. 11 overall player in the class of 2018. He already holds offers from Duke, Kentucky, Kansas and Indiana. Check out this highlight video from Scout to get more familiar with Langford’s game.
Wendell Carter Jr. is one of the top players in the 2017 class, and he’s considered by many to be one of Duke’s top targets for next year’s recruiting class. The 5-star power forward from Atlanta is one of many potential stars in a 2017 class loaded with frontcourt talent. Carter had a new blog post published this week on USA Today and mentioned only one coach by name, Duke assistant Jeff Capel. It actually had nothing to do with basketball. Carter wrote about the conversation he had with Capel about Drake’s latest album. It’s a glimpse into why Duke’s associate head coach has had such a huge impact for the Blue Devils on the recruiting trail.
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