The Duke Blue Devils men's basketball staff has been rolling right along on the recruiting trail. Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils have seen many key prospects up close and personal, including Kevin Knox , Wendell Carter Jr., Mohamed Bamba and Gary Trent Jr. as well as others during the open period.
Last evening Duke had their in home visit with key prospect Gary Trent Jr. Krzyzewski's entire staff consisting of Jeff Capel, Nate James and Jon Scheyer was there to speak of the Duke way of doing things.
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There is plenty to talk about when the Duke staff visits. National Championship rings are worn and this kind of thing is what is expected when wearing the uniform. Duke has also had phenomenal success in developing players for the next level. The staff likely spoke of developing as a person both on and off the court and the top notch NBA style facilities in Durham.
Then there are the Cameron Crazies and the fan passion to speak about and the constant national spot light as well. I think you get the picture that Duke Basketball is an elite force without me going further.
The most impressive thing to me about Gary Trent Jr. is his work ethic and his desire to get better. During a Nike EYBL event I attended last summer, Trent could be seen drilling himself in between games. While most players were socializing, he was looking to the next game his Howard Pulley team would face while going through workouts.
In watching Trent, you realize he can score the ball. He is one of the most effective offensive talents in high school basketball. Perhaps, he is the best. The budding star has the ability to play great defense as well and expand his game.
Duke has made Trent one of their most important targets. He visited with his AAU teammate Trey Jones last season where he took in a Duke game while standing with the Cameron Crazies.
Trent will be visiting Cameron Indoor Stadium again for the much anticipated Countdown to Craziness on October the 22nd. It is also worth noting that he will be joined on that visit by Wendell Carter. These two outstanding players have developed a close relationship on the Nike EYBL circuit.
It is also worth noting that both Trent and Carter have USA Basketball experience as well. That experience has been something which has worked out well for Duke of late. After all, Mike Krzyzewski just led the nations team to a third Gold Medal.
Duke is in a position to offer a lot of playing time and open spots to the nation's top prospects. Duke will lose every projected starter on this years talented team. In fact, they could lose as many as eight players.
The Blue Devils have had one verbal commitment to date from Alex O'Connell. Should a player like Trent commit, say shortly after Countdown to Craziness; that would get the ball rolling for the next great class.