It’s been a relatively quiet week for Duke basketball recruiting as the coaching staff is shifting more of its attention toward the first official practices of the 2016-17 season.
A few of the key recruiting targets for the Blue Devils are setting plans for on-campus visits and the 2017 point guard recruiting situation for Duke remains a constant moving target, which may have received another new wrinkle this week.
Here are the top Duke basketball recruiting headlines from the past week.
In a recent interview with USA Today, 2017 5-star power forward Wendell Carter recapped some of the highlights of his recent in-home visits with coaches from Duke and Georgia. Carter gave Coach K credit for his story about how Krzyzewski is featured in the new edition of the NBA 2K video game series, including the facial expressions he had to make for the game designers. I’m checking to see if there’s a hack for a Mark Gottfried butt-slap if you beat Coach K in the game.
As the top ranked point guard in the 2017 class, Trevon Duval has the ability to have a huge impact at the collegiate level. Despite cutting his list of potential schools to 10 this past summer, Duval took to Twitter this week to announce that he would be reopening his recruitment. In an interview with USA Today, the 6’3”, 175-pounder indicated he’d heard from Duke since tweeting about reconsidering his school options. Many insiders have considered Duval to be leaning toward programs that are connected to Under Armour, but this could be an opening for the Blue Devils to establish a relationship.
The point guard priorities for Duke have been something of a mystery for the 2017 class, with the program having already extended offers to Matt Coleman, Quade Green, Trae Young, and Tremont Waters. And if Frank Jackson is as good as he’s shown himself to be in preseason practices and another possible one-and-done candidate, Duke could find itself in serious need of a point guard for the 2017-18 squad.
According to a report from Adam Zagoria, Quade Green and Kevin Knox, two 5-star players in the class of 2017 who hold offers from Duke, will be in Lexington next weekend to attend Kentucky’s Big Blue Madness event. As I mentioned above, Green is one of the point guards Duke offered in the 2017 class, but he appears to be leaning toward Syracuse, a program that’s targeted him for the past couple years. Knox remains one of the key targets for the Blue Devils in the 2017 class, and Duke will have a chance to host the 5-star wing from Tampa, Fl., when he visits at the end of the month. In addition to Duke and Kentucky, Knox is also considering North Carolina and Florida State.
Wendell Carter Jr., has a new blog post up on USA Today, where he goes into detail about his recent official visit to Harvard and how much he enjoyed the campus. He also lists the upcoming visits he has planned for Georgia, Duke and Georgia Tech. Carter discusses the idea of how he and 5-star Gary Trent Jr. are still hoping play on the same team together in college and it’s something they “both want to work out.” Duke is the only program being considered by both players, so make of that what you will. Check out his full post to get to know a little more about the elite power forward from Atlanta.
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