It’s been a big past week for Duke basketball recruiting. One of the top targets for the Blue Devils in the class of 2017 made his announcement, the program extended an offer to a 5-star 2018 prospect, and Duke received a surprise commitment.
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Here are the top headlines from the past week as it relates to Duke recruiting targets and commitments.
The biggest story from the weekend is the news that Kevin Knox tweeted on Saturday night that he would be attending Kentucky. It was a surprising announcement from the 5-star forward in the class of 2017, who had also been considering Duke, North Carolina, Florida State, and Missouri. Knox will join a Wildcat roster full of wing talent and it will be interesting to see how John Calipari utilizes him and manages his role. Check out my thoughts on why Duke fans can be disappointed about not getting Knox, but it’s no reason to panic.
When Duke fans heard the news about a point guard in the 2017 class committing this past week, it certainly wasn’t the name they were expecting to hear. While the program is still zeroed in on 5-star point guard Trevon Duval, the Blue Devils also added some depth to the position with a commitment from Jordan Goldwire, a 3-star prospect from Norcross, Ga. Prior to the unexpected Duke visit and offer, Goldwire had been considering Eastern Kentucky and Mercer. Here’s a good read from the Lexington Herald Leader about Goldwire’s commitment to Duke from the Eastern Kentucky perspective.
Duke extended an offer this past week to 2018 5-star power forward Emmitt Williams. At 6’8”, 200 pounds, Williams is the No. 8 power forward and No. 19 overall player in the 247Sports Composite for the 2018 class, which shows how strong the power forward position is in that class. He’s also a teammate of 2017 Duke target Trevon Duval at IMG Academy, though it’s unlikely the two would play together in college, considering Duval is likely to depart to the NBA following one season. Check out this preview by Duke Report’s Chris Summerville to see some videos of Williams.
Andrew Slater of 247Sports has a good interview up with Darius Garland, the top ranked point guard in the 2018 class. The Duke target from Brentwood, Tenn., offers some insight into how he feels he’s improved his game over the past year and what he’s hoping to prove in the Nike EYBL this year. Blue Devil fans will also be encouraged by his comments about Duke and the comments about how he and Tre Jones have talked about the idea of playing together in college, as well as Cameron Reddish, two of Duke’s other top targets in the class of 2018.
This is one to watch. R.J. Barrett is currently the top ranked player in the class of 2019, but there’s a good chance he’ll reclassify to the class of 2018 later this summer. According to a report by the Lexington Herald-Leader and comments Barrett made in Indianapolis last weekend at a Nike EYBL event, he’ll likely make the jump to the 2018 class, where he’ll still be one of the top players in the class.
At 6’7”, Barrett is a smooth wing who can attack in transition and also use his size to post up smaller defenders. He’s made a name for himself in the Nike EYBL, as well as for Montverde Academy and with the Canadian Junior National Team, where he’s shined on the international stage. Barrett will likely be a top target for Duke as soon as he reaches the June 15 deadline when he can begin having contact with college coaches. The Blue Devil coaches are regularly seen watching Barrett at various events.
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