Duke has extended a scholarship offer to class of 2016 forward Javin DeLaurier, according to Andrew Slater of 247Sports.
Slater tweeted on Monday night that the 4-star forward from Charlottesville, Va., received an offer from Duke coaches during an in-home visit.
At 6’9″, 205 pounds, DeLaurier is listed in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 12 power forward and No. 40 overall player in the class of 2016.
He announced last week that he’d cut his list to six finalists: Arizona, Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Stanford, and Texas. He’s scheduled to make an official visit to the Duke campus on the weekend of October 24.
The Blue Devils already have commitments from the Jayson Tatum and Frank Jackson for the 2016 class, who are expected to make an immediate impact. The program is also the favorite to land Harry Giles – the No. 1 ranked player in the 2016 class.
Duke is also still in the running for Wenyen Gabriel and Marques Bolden – two other 5-star prospects in the class of 2016.
Tatum and Giles are both projected as one-and-done players who will likely be top picks in the 2017 NBA Draft, which means the program needs to find some options to provide depth and experience over the next few seasons.
DeLaurier would fit into that mold for the Blue Devils as a guy who could carve out minutes as a role player and be a complementary piece to the one-and-done players who have clearly become a huge part of Duke’s strategy in recruiting.