Duke Basketball Recruiting: Targeting a 2016 Center

DukeVsUtahState-57The Duke basketball recruiting class of 2016 is already one of the best in the country, but the coaches are looking to add one final piece to the puzzle.

It’s becoming clear that the Blue Devils are working very hard to add a center to the class to add some frontcourt depth.

The primary target at the center position over the past year has been Marques Bolden. He’s the top rated center in the 2016 class and was named a McDonald’s All American a few weeks ago.

Duke received some good news recently when Bolden trimmed his list of potential schools to four, which still included the Blue Devils and eliminated Kansas. It’s believed to be primarily a two-school race between Duke and Kentucky, but he’s also still considering Oklahoma and TCU.

The coaches have also recently shown interest in Bruno Fernando, a 6’10”, 225-pound 4-star center from Montverde Academy in Florida. Fernando would be more of a rebounding/defensive minded player who could still provide needed depth in the paint. Duke is looking at Fernando rather late in the recruiting process, but it does indicate the program’s goal of adding a center to the 2016 class.

There are also other potential avenues Duke could pursue to bring in frontcourt depth for next season, including looking for a possible graduate transfer after this year.

This situation would likely be ideal for the next few years for the Blue Devils as it would provide depth for 2016 and also keep the school in good position for Wendell Carter and Mohamed Bamba, two 5-star post players in the class of 2017.

It’s a delicate balance of finding the right players for an upcoming season while also looking at the big picture of how it could impact future recruiting targets. We’ll see how Coach K elects to handle the situation.


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David Aldridge

David Aldridge

David has been a die hard fan of Duke Basketball since the 1990's, when Coach K and the Blue Devils slapped the floor and made their way into his heart. During his playing days, David perfected his role on his basketball team as being the guy who would hold everyone on the bench back after a teammate would make a clutch shot. He once played N.C. State legend David Thompson in a game of H-O-R-S-E. David won.

One Reply to “Duke Basketball Recruiting: Targeting a 2016 Center”

  1. MikeCollins4 says:

    Any time table on his decision?  Next season’s team could resemble this squad’s in terms of post depth–Giles is probably more of a PF than a C but could make it work…  after him, the only other guys on the roster that play in the post are Jeter, Obi and Delaurier.  We’ll need to see some improvements with Jeter (which I think he can do) for him to become a contributor but I would say that less is expected from the other two.  With Bolden, our front line is looking good but without him it is not.

    Overall depth could be an issue as well if Allen leaves too.

    Also, has anybody heard anything about Jefferson trying to get a medical redshirt?  Personally, I’d rather see him with a contending team than coming back for a few games this season…  he’s worked too hard over the last 3.5 years to go out like this.

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