With the shoe companies’ summer circuits largely having drawn to a close, it is a perfect time to take stock of where Duke stands with recruiting targets going into the fall. Currently, the Blue Devils only have one scholarship to offer as Grayson Allen will graduate, but more spots will likely open up since Trevon Duval and Wendell Carter Jr. at least seem to be locks to declare for the NBA draft.
Let’s break this down by position starting with point guard
Darius Garland: 6’1 from Brentwood Academy in Nashville, Tennessee.
Garland has been ranked as the top point guard in this class for a while now and it is easy to see why.
He had a successful EYBL season leading Bradley Beal Elite in points and assists racking up 16.8 points and 4.8 assists per game. Garland possesses deep shooting range and is already adept at changing speeds to get into the land and finish. The only concern with Garland is his slight frame as he only stands 6’1 and 170 lbs. He will have to put ohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q04wYtMtpk&t=106sn weight to be able to defend at the college level, but he is skilled enough to shine through.
Duke is currently in the lead for Garland, but Kentucky is making a strong push and John Calipari is one of the most effective recruiters in the game today. He is the Blue Devils first option at the point, but the next person we will talk about would not be a bad consolation prize at all.
Tre Jones: 6’2 from Apple Valley High School in Minnesota
Tre Jones was a bit of an afterthought coming into the AAU season. He was a solidly regarded player, but not considered among the top point guards of this class.
His dominant performance on the EYBL circuit served as a coming out party though and propelled him to the top of the rankings. Jones was named the Offensive MVP on the EYBL as everything on his team flowed through him, leading him to average 19.3 points and 8.3 assists per game.
Much like his famous older brother and former Duke point guard, Tyus Jones, Tre is an elite distributor. He possesses more of a scoring touch than his older brother, but still retains much of the high I.Q. play that made Tyus so successful at Duke. It is widely assumed that Tre will follow in his brother’s path and play for the Blue Devils possibly forming a backcourt tandem with Garland.
Romeo Langford: 6’5 from New Albany Senior High in Indiana
Langford is one of the most offensively gifted prospects in this class. He poured in points at multiple Adidas Gauntlet events, leading all scorers at the event in Dallas with 24.7 points including 28 points against Zion Williamson.
Langford can score from all three levels and is a lethal three point shooter. He is one of the most consistently effective scoring prospects available as his production never seems to slow down. Duke is currently trailing for Romeo though as it seems to be a battle between Louisville and Indiana, but never count out Mike Krzyzewski when he wants a player.
Zion Williamson: 6’7 from Spartanburg Day School in South Carolina
The one recruit who probably needs no introduction. Williamson has taken the internet by storm with his ridiculous dunks and chase down blocks.
He is an athletic marvel who might be a better in game dunker than anyone in college right now. Zion mainly relies on his athleticism to get buckets, but also plays with an edge and revels in overpowering his opponents. He lacks a consistent jump shot, but makes up for it by bullying his way to the rim and finishing strong.
The battle for his signature is being handicapped as one where Duke and Kentucky will go head to head, but don’t count out in state school Clemson as well as North Carolina who lurk in the rear view mirror.
Cameron Reddish: 6’7 from Westtown School in New York
Reddish is the latest example of a classic archetype, the guard stuck in a big man’s body. He is a serious mismatch problem for defenders with the speed to blow by bigger ones, but the strength to post up smaller players.
Reddish plays well within the flow of the game and possesses a knack for sharing the ball. He is a very unselfish player who still managed to score 22.6 points per game in the EYBL. Cameron would fit right into how Coach K likes to play at the stretch 4 position and Duke is currently the unquestioned leader for his commitment.
Marvin Bagley III: 6’11 from Sierra Canyon High School in Phoenix, Arizona.
The recruiting landscape was shaken up last week when reports emerged that Marvin Bagley, the consensus No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2018, was considering reclassifying and playing college basketball this year. This was such big news because of how good Bagley is. In fact, he may be as good as anybody playing in college this year.
Bagley is the prototype of a modern age big man who is a force with his back to the basket, but can also step out and knock down jumpers. He is a fluid athlete who is too much for most defenders to handle and who can finish with authority at the rim. Bagley has also developed into a solid rim protector capable of anchoring a defense.
If he decides to reclassify it is rumored to be a two horse race between USC and Duke with Duke having the edge. This would be a huge addition to the Blue Devils who would instantly jump onto the short list of national title contenders.
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