Duke basketball fans held their collective breath this past week when news broke that Jayson Tatum injured his foot during the team’s pro day.
Fortunately for the Blue Devils, Tatum’s injury is relatively minor as its only a sprain that will force him to miss a couple weeks.
The program also hosted multiple recruiting targets on campus this past weekend who were in attendance for Countdown to Craziness. Here are some of the biggest headlines from the past week.
One-on-One Interview with Kevin Knox
Steve Clark of The Devils Den with Scout posted a new interview with 2017 5-star forward Kevin Knox. The athletic wing from Tampa, Fl., goes into some detail about how all the teams recruiting him have talked with him about how he could be used on the wing, as well as fill the versatile 4-spot that has become so common in the NBA and college. Knox also gives some insight into why Duke is the first official visit he’ll be taking and that he doesn’t plan on committing to Duke before he has a chance to visit the other schools he’s considering, much to the disappointment of Blue Devil fans.
What Motivates Wendell Carter
In an interview with Jason Jordan of USA Today, 5-star Wendell Carter talks about what motivates him as a person and player. The elite power forward who’s one of the top ranked players in the class of 2017 says that he’s fueled by a desire to be able to take care of his parents and repay them for all the sacrifices they’ve made for him. It’s impressive to read about a teenager’s biggest motivations being connected to helping his parents and not about fame or money for himself.
Duke to Host Kevin Knox & Darius Garland this Weekend
Duke will have two very important visitors on campus this weekend as the program hosts Kevin Knox and Darius Garland. Knox is one of the top small forwards and wing players in the 2017 class, while Garland is the top ranked point guard in the class of 2018. Knox is a 6’8” versatile wing who could be a key player for the Blue Devils next season on the wing, where the team will be likely be replacing Grayson Allen, Jayson Tatum, and Matt Jones. Garland could be the latest member of the class of 2018 to receive an offer from Duke.
Gary Trent Jr. to Visit Michigan State
Fresh off his official visit to Duke for Countdown to Craziness, Gary Trent Jr. will spend this weekend in East Lansing at Michigan State. The Spartans and Blue Devils are two of the final three teams still being considered by Trent, a 5-star shooting guard in the 2017 class. UCLA is his other finalist. Duke is still viewed as a heavy favorite for Trent, which isn’t a surprise considering it’s the one school where could potentially team up in college with Wendell Carter.
Cameron Reddish Felt the Love at Duke
Cameron Reddish was one of many Duke recruiting targets who was in Cameron Indoor Stadium for Countdown to Craziness, and based on an interview with Adam Rowe of 247Sports, the 5-star small forward in the class of 2018 definitely felt like a priority from the coaches and fans during his visit. Reddish was excited about being welcomed by the Cameron Crazies and he has a good relationship with Duke assistant coach Jon Scheyer. He’s the No. 2 small forward and No. 4 overall player in the 2018 class in the 247Sports Composite.
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