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Duke Basketball Recruiting Roundup: November 11th Edition

Luke Kennard | Photo: Chris Summerville
Luke Kennard | Photo: Chris Summerville

It’s been a strong week for Duke basketball recruiting as the Blue Devils prepare to officially open the season tonight against Marist.

The big news is obviously the commitment of 2017 guard Gary Trent Jr., who is the first of what will likely be multiple 5-star players in next year’s incoming freshman class.

Let’s get to the main headlines from the past week related to Duke’s biggest recruiting targets.

Gary Trent Jr. Commits to Duke

Gary Trent Jr., a 5-star guard from Apple Valley, Minnesota, announced his plans to become a Blue Devil on Thursday night on ESPN’s Signing Day special. Trent is a 6’5”, 200-pound shooting guard who’s considered one of the best scorers in the class of 2017, and he’ll likely be counted on to make an immediate impact to help make up for the expected losses of Grayson Allen, Jayson Tatum, and Matt Jones on the perimeter next season.

Trent on Why He Chose Duke

If you want more perspective directly from Gary Trent on why he’s becoming a Blue Devil, he has a new blog post up on USA Today. Not surprisingly, the biggest factor for him was getting the opportunity to play under Mike Krzyzewski, who he believes will help him become better in every way, both as a basketball player and person. Trent also says he’ll be doing what he can to help get other top players in Duke’s 2017 recruiting class, mainly Wendell Carter and Kevin Knox, two of the other 5-star prospects who have been big priorities for the Duke coaching staff.

Announcement Coming for Wendell Carter?

According to a report by Rivals, 2017 5-star power forward Wendell Carter is expected to join Gary Trent Jr. in making his announcement during the early signing period. Carter has said he intends to make his decision public via a video he’ll be posting on his Twitter account. Duke is viewed as the heavy favorite for the 6’10”, 250-pound frontcourt player from Atlanta, Ga., but he’s also considering Harvard, Georgia and Georgia Tech.

Alex O’Connell Signs Letter of Intent

It’s been overshadowed by the announcement by Trent and anticipation of a Carter decision, but Duke’s first commitment in the class of 2017, Alex O’Connell, also signed his letter of intent this week. O’Connell is a 6’5”, 170-pound shooting guard who’s listed by the 247Sports Composite as the No. 15 shooting guard and No. 62 overall player in the 2017 class. He’s expected to be a multi-year player who will provide depth for the Blue Devils over the next few years.

Thanks for checking out this week’s Duke recruiting roundup. With it being Veterans Day, I’d also like to extend a special thank you to those who have served our country and your loved ones. We are in your debt.

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