There have been lots of stories and reports this week related to Duke basketball recruiting. The Blue Devils are working to secure visits to the upcoming Countdown to Craziness event and trying to position themselves with their top targets in the class of 2017.
The point guard situation remains fluid as multiple prospects in the 2017 class are showing interest in Duke, as other positions appear to be clearly established in terms of who are the top priorities for the program.
Here are some of the biggest headlines from the past week.
Duke took the short trip up to Oak Hill earlier this week to check in on Matt Coleman, according to 247Sports. The 4-star point guard recently participated in a USA Basketball minicamp in Colorado Springs and visited the Duke campus last month. He also has upcoming visits planned to Kansas and Texas. Rivals also posted a video earlier this week where Coleman discusses his recruitment.
Duke appears to be in good position with Gary Trent Jr., one of the top shooting guards in the class of 2017. It was reported last weekend that Trent, a 6’5” 5-star guard from Minnesota who will play his senior season at Prolific Prep in California, has trimmed his list of finalists down to three schools – Duke, Michigan State and UCLA. Trent is regarded as one of the best scorers in the 2017 class and is the No. 2 shooting guard and No. 11 overall player in the 247Sports Composite. Trent will be in attendance for Countdown to Craziness next weekend, as will 2017 5-star power forward Wendell Carter, who is very close with Trent.
In an interview with Evan Daniels of Scout, Kevin Knox indicated he plans to wait until the spring to make his college decision. The 5-star wing from Tampa, Fl., is considering Florida State, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Duke, though the Blue Devils are the only school he plans to visit before the end of the fall signing period. It would be a huge win for Duke if they could make such an impression on Knox that he commits before taking any of his other visits. Knox is clearly the top priority for the “forward/wing” position for the Blue Devils in the 2017 class.
According to a report from 247Sports, 2017 point guard Quade Green will be heading to Duke next weekend for Countdown to Craziness. The relationship between the Blue Devils and Green appeared to have stalled after he received an offer from the program over the summer, but this could be a sign that the 5-star from Philadelphia is still interested in Duke. Syracuse is still considered by many to be the leader for Green.
It’s not much of a surprise based on how things were trending over the past couple months, but Deng Gak is no longer considering Duke, according to a report from ZagsBlog. The 6’10” South Sudanese forward who plays for Blair Academy in New Jersey (same school that Luol Deng attended) is down to Kansas, Florida, and Miami. Gak had a tough summer on the EYBL circuit as part of an extremely talented PSA Cardinals team where he had trouble establishing a significant role.
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