The Duke Blue Devils solidify their 2019-20 recruiting class with highly ranked shooting guard Cassius Stanley giving the program the nations top-rated class.
Stanley chose Duke over Kansas, Oregon and UCLA.
His announcement came at his Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, California.
The newest Blue Devil averaged 17.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game in 2018-19 for a star-studded team.
Stanley joins fellow Californian, Boogie Ellis, Matthew Hurt, Vernon Carey Jr., and Wendell Moore Jr.
An elite athlete, Stanley hopes to be an immediate factor early at Duke, where three starters are NBA bound.
Standing at 6-5 with solid length and he is aggressive on the offensive end driving the ball downcourt while also being a willing defender.
Stanley is a little older than some freshman so that has allowed him to develop physically as well. He will look to gain a more consistent outside shot at Duke while getting stronger.
His high school is 22 miles from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, so there is little chance Stanley will be star-struck at Duke.
Several former NBA players send their kids to Sierra Canyon including Scottie Pippen, Duane "Pearl" Washington, Kenyon Martin to name a few.
His high school alum list includes kids from Berry Gordy. Sean Combs, Kevin Hart, the Jenner's and Jamie Fox to name a few. Elite level kids attend the school system near Los Angeles from kindergarten through high school.
Another recent Duke product from Sierra Valley was none other than Marvin Bagley III.
So, Stanley is more than a little accustomed to stars being around, so that should help him fit in with a program full of them and the stands always having somebody famous nearby.
His Dad, Jerome, was a successful sports agent who broke down some barriers along the way, He represented the likes of Baron Davis and Keyshaun Johnson.
Stanley once worked out with Oklahoma City standout Paul George.
It will be fin for Duke fans to watch the athletic Stanley add polish to his game while in Durham. There is no reason he should not push for immediate playing time if he puts in the work.
Stanley added Duke to his list in early August and visited the school the weekend after that news came out. It was obviously a good visit.
Duke assistant coaches Nate James and Chris Carrawell took lead roles in the recruiting process recognizing the talent Stanley possessed.
“It was a lot of pressure,” said Stanley after his decision. “Initially I had three schools, UCLA, Kansas and Oregon. Coach Alford got fired and around the same time Duke slid in. I was skeptical at first because I wanted to stay loyal to the programs that were recruiting me earlier, but I felt Duke had the best to offer.”
The Blue Devils wanted to add a shooting guard to this class and more backcourt help, so the addition of Stanley afford them backcourt depth.
A major Duke target, Matthew Hurt, announced this afternoon that he will be the newest Blue Devil.
The 6-9, 210 pounds, Minnesota native played his high school basketball for John Marshall in Rochester.
Hurt will join fellow Minnesota native Tre Jones who elected to return for his sophomore season. It is believed that this helped in his recruitment.
Duke had been a favorite for the last several months and Hurt spurned Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina to play in Durham.
Hurt received 19 total offers but many teams fell to the wayside with him being a consensus five-star prospect.
The Blue Devils head coach, Mike Krzyzewski took a vested interest in Hurt's recruitment where he played. Duke played the long game with Hurt, whom they knew would not make an early decision.
Duke assistant coach Jon Scheyer was the lead assistant in Hurt's recruitment.
The entire Duke coaching staff visited in-home with the Hurt family in early March.
The fact that four blue blood programs sought Hurt's services speaks volumes with concern to his talent. A very skilled offensive player with size, Hurt is all but penciled into next years starting five.
Hurt was a mainstay on Team USA during his high school basketball career. He was also named to the McDonald's All American game. Hurt also garnered the Minnesota Mr. Basketball Award.
With Hurt on board, the Blue Devils will now turn their attention to Cassius Stanley, a high-flying, top-rated shooting guard from California. He will make his decision this coming Monday.
Hurt joins Vernon Carey Jr., Wendell Moore Jr, and Boogie Ellis giving Duke one of the nation's elite recruiting classes.
As the final buzzer closed on the 2019 basketball season in Minneapolis last evening, Virginia was left standing as the national champion.
The Duke Blue Devils defeated the Cavaliers twice in the regular season but fell short of their goal with a one-point loss to Michigan State.
It didn't take long for Las Vegas to make the Cavaliers the choice to repeat, but the Blue Devils are right there with them, listed at a slightly less favorite.
The bottom line is that despite the disappointing loss in the tournament and departure of monster talent to the NBA, Duke Basketball never stops.
On the same day as the final, Tre Jones officially announced his return to Duke. And that is a big deal in that he will not only improve as a player but provide instant leadership as a likely captain to be.
The return of Jones also bodes well for Duke landing coveted prospect Matthew Hurt. There is an instant Minnesota connection between Hurt and Jones and undoubtedly contact between the two about playing together.
It didn't take long for speculation, to begin with, another key Duke prospect in RJ Hampton. The rising senior is down to four schools and may well reclassify and come out of high school a year early.
While many thought the return of Jones would hurt the efforts with Hampton, think again. Here is a quote from Hampton in an ESPN article released today.
"With Duke, you can’t go wrong, you’ve got the best coach ever and just seeing what he did with the freshmen this year makes it a real hard option to pass up."
You can view the complete article in the link below.
The bottom line is that the Duke staff has developed a relationship with Hampton and Hurt over time and that both players are highly interested in Duke on multiple levels.
Players want to come to Duke. They want to play in the limelight and talented players recognize, the path that goes through Durham leads to exposure, improvement and the NBA.
It remains to be seen who will join the brotherhood at Duke. But rest assured, the Blue Devils are not finished recruiting and they have their sights set on another run.
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