Duke basketball fans finally have actual games to look forward to, but there’s also plenty to still look forward to on the recruiting front.
The Blue Devils appear to be in good position to secure another commitment for the class of 2017, and this week’s recruiting roundup includes a couple highlights on some key Duke targets in future classes.
Here are the biggest headlines from the past week as it relates to Duke recruiting commitments and targets.
According to multiple reports, Wendell Carter Jr. will be making his college announcement on November 23. The 6’10’, 260-pound 5-star power forward is down to Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Harvard as his finalists, though the Blue Devils are viewed as the heavy favorite. Carter is ranked as the No. 4 player in the class of 2017 in the 247Sports Composite and would likely be an immediate starter in the frontcourt for Duke next year.
The move to Prolific Prep in California for his senior season is off to a great start for recent Duke commit Gary Trent Jr. The 5-star shooting guard has helped his team open the year with four straight wins, including three dominant victories this past weekend. Trent had an outstanding showing on Saturday and showed why he’s expected to be a college-ready guard when he arrives at Duke, scoring 33 points in a little over two quarters of action before being pulled due to having a large lead.
As the top ranked player in the 2018 class, Marvin Bagley is expected to receive tons of attention this year for his junior season at Sierra Canyon in Southern California. The hyper-athletic power forward was limited last year by eligibility issues, but will now have the opportunity to put his impressive collection of skills on display. Duke is one of a long list of schools that have offered Bagley, including Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky, and UCLA.
Another week – another point guard option for Duke in the class of 2017. This week, the Blue Devils were one of five schools listed in a tweet by Trevon Duval, the top ranked point guard in the 2017 class. The 6’3”, 190-pound athletic guard plays for IMG Academy in Florida, and is also considering Arizona, Baylor, Kansas and Seton Hall. Many Duke fans have been holding out hope that the Blue Devils would try to get involved with Duval due to his elite ability, and it looks like neither party has ruled out the possibility.
Scout published an updated list of its Top 50 players in the class of 2019 this week, and Duke is very interested in the guy at the top of the list. R.J. Barrett is a 6’6”, 180-pound 5-star shooting guard who hails from Canada but plays at Montverde Academy in Florida. He was extremely impressive on the international and AAU circuits over the summer, and Duke coaches were certainly paying attention. You can check out the full list on the Scout website.
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