Category Archives: Duke Basketball Recruiting News

R.J. Barrett is the Naismith HS POY

Duke commitment, R.J. Barrett has been named the Naismith High School Basketball Player of the Year.  Follow him on Twitter .

“It's an honor to receive the Naismith Player of the Year award,” Barrett said. “I want to thank God, my family, friends, teammates, coaches and the Montverde community, as well as all the people who voted for me.”

Rowan "R. J." Barrett Jr. is a 6-7 shooting guard who turns 18 on June 14th.  He chose Duke over Arizona, Kentucky and Kansas and will be a part of the nation's top recruiting class.

He is known for his great scoring instinct and leading Team Canada over Team USA where he dropped in 38 points.  He will participate in the McDonald's All American game and the Jordan Brand All Star games.

Barrett is a can't miss prospect who continues to get better.  He will join Cam Reddish, Tre Jones and Zion Williamson next season at Duke.

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R.J. Barrett Is Set To Become Basketball’s Next Big Thing

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Zion Williamson Wins His 3rd State Title

The future of Duke basketball was on display last evening when Zion Williamson helped guide his team to a third consecutive state championship.

Williamson netted 38 points as he led Spartanburg Day to a 74-41 win over Trinity-Byrnes in the SCISA 2A state championship.


VIDEO: Zion Williamson caps high school career with third straight state title

Williamson will play in two high school All Star games, highlighted by the McDonald's All American Game.  He will then be on the Duke campus early this summer to prepare for his collegiate career.

The South Carolina native is currently a part of a recruiting class which includes, Cameron Reddish, R.J. Barrett and Tre Jones.  And that class may well add another player before the season starts.

E.J. Montgomery in for the Virginia Tech game

E.J. Montgomery will visit Duke on Wednesday.

Duke will get a visit from E.J. Montgomery this Wednesday for their game with Virginia Tech.  The Blue Devils are hoping to add Montgomery to a stellar class as there are projected losses to the NBA via early entry.

Montgomery is a power forward and one of the best players in the nation. The highly rated young prospect will also be visiting North Carolina  for their game with Notre Dame.

Several southeastern schools which include Kentucky and South Carolina are also seeking his service.  There is no timetable at this time for his eventual decision.  Montgomery was originally committed to Auburn and re-opened his recruitment.  He is from Marietta, Georgia and plays for Wheeler H.S.

E.J. Mongomery is Set to Visit Duke

E.J. Montgomery is one of the top prospects left on the board. He will visit Duke for the Virginia Tech game.

Despite a class which is destined to be the best in the nation, the Duke Blue Devils are not done with recruiting.  Enter the hopes of landing E.J. Montgomery.

The top player on the Blue Devils wish list is E.J. Montgomery, a power forward who plays for Wheeler High School in Marietta (Ga.).

The five-star prospect had committed early to Auburn but reopened his recruitment.

Standing 6-10 and weighing in at 200 pounds, Montgomery could make up for the size Duke will lose in NBA bound stars Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr.

Montgomery has a long list of suitors which includes Kentucky, North Carolina and UCLA.  He has been selected to the McDonald's All American game which features the nations elite players.

Montgomery is long and athletic with a goo understanding of the game.  He can play the high post or mix it up inside.  He can take the ball to the rack with authority and continues to develop his outside shot.

He can feel the stretch role at Duke or be a mainstay in the front court.  His ability to score with his back to the basket or facing it would bode well for the rising star.

Here is E.J. Montgomery's profile from

His family will be in to visit Duke for the home game against Virginia Tech which is scheduled for February 14th.