People often forget that Troy Brown Jr. was the first member of the class of 2017 to receive a scholarship offer from the Duke basketball program.
With all the talk and buzz in recent months about other 2017 targets like Trae Young, Gary Trent Jr., and Wendell Carter, Brown is a player who hasn’t been mentioned as much in Duke recruiting circles.
However, the program is still very interested in the 5-star guard from Las Vegas, Nev., and Mike Krzyzewski was in attendance to see Brown play at the Nike Global Challenge in Chicago on Thursday, which left an impression on the 6’6″ guard.
As reported by ZagsBlog.com, Brown appreciated seeing Coach K in attendance, saying:
“I didn’t get to see [Coach K] much at Peach Jam so for him to come out here, it was really fun playing in front of him. [Duke] is also a good program. Even though my list is open, I would say that they’re high on my list.”
Brown is currently listed in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 2 point guard and No. 7 overall player in the 2017 class. However, with his size and playmaking ability, Duke could be hoping to use him more as a combo guard, while Trae Young would be the 2017 target who could assume the role of a true point guard.
Duke coaches are also pointing to last season’s success with Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones as an example of how two point guards playing together can serve as an opportunity rather than an obstacle.
The Blue Devils will face stiff competition in the recruitment of Brown from Kansas, as his sister is already a Jayhawk, but Duke was quick to build a strong relationship with Brown early in this process and that sustained commitment could pay off in the long run.