Category Archives: Duke Basketball Recruiting News

Duke Offers Italian-American Star Guard Nico Mannion

Mannion has made the transition from Italy to USA Basketball.

The Duke Blue Devils have offered Italian-American guard Nico Mannion.  The 2020 Class member is an aggressive guard who now calls the USA home where he participates in the USA Basketball program.

Originally from Siena, Italy, Mannion now plays his high school basketball Pinnacle High in Phoenix, AZ.  He plays his AAU ball for West Coast Elite on the Under Armor circuit.

Mannion has both the grades and talent to possibly reclassify to the 2019 class and the Blue Devils are seeking multiple guards for their motion based system.

The top rated PG prospect is considered a hard worker which has attributed to his consistent rise in the player rankings.

USA U18 Invites Feature a Duke Flavor

Incoming freshman Zion Williamson and Joey Baker will join a bevy of Duke prospects in  the tryout for the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 event.  On May 28th a five-day camp will begin in Colorado Springs and on the last day a group of finalists will be named to continue training for another five days.

Also included on the initial list of hopefuls are some key Duke prospects.  Among those are Cole Anthony, Bryan Antoine, Will Baker, Matthew Hurt, Josiah James and Joseph Girard.

The Championship game will take place in St. Catharines, Canada from June 10th through the 16th.

Joey Baker Will Join Duke a Season Early

Jon Scheyer and Joey Baker

Joey Baker announced today that he is reclassifying and or skipping his senior season to be a part of the 2018 recruiting class.  Baker  6-foot-7, 195 pound wing from Fayetteville (N.C.) who played for Trinity Christian.

Baker will join the loaded class which consists of R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish and Tre Jones.  He was close to Jon Scheyer and the Duke staff and his family came to the conclusion that he would be better served in his future endeavors by joining the Duke team this season.

Baker was a mainstay in Cameron Indoor Stadium this past season and he also helped to recruit other players to Duke.  Baker was a consensus top 25 prospect who will give Duke immediate depth on the wing .

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Duke Prospects Invited By USA Basketball

Vernon Carey, USABB

Several Duke Basketball recruiting prospects will once again be involved with USA Basketball.  USBWA released their list of invites for the upcoming World Cup today which includes Vernon Carey, R.J. Hampton, Wendell Moore Jr., Isaiah Todd, Isaiah Stewart and others.

Here is the release -

The training camp roster for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Cup Team features all 12 members of the gold-medal winning 2017 USA U16 national team, 10 players with experience from at least one prior USA Basketball training camp and two players new to USA Basketball.

Training camp to determine the 12-member roster for the 2018 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Cup Team will be conducted June 15-18 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Athletes eligible for this team must be U.S. citizens who are 17 years old or younger (born on or after Jan. 1, 2001).

Featuring 16 national teams, the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup will be played June 26-July 8 in Rosario and Santa Fe, Argentina.

Returning from the team that qualified the USA for the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup by virtue of its 5-0 finish at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship are: tournament MVP Vernon Carey Jr. (University School/Southwest Ranches, Fla.); Scottie Barnes (University School/West Palm Beach, Fla.); Jalen Green(San Joaquin Memorial H.S./Fresno, Calif.); R.J. Hampton (Frisco Liberty /Little Elm, Texas); De'Vion Harmon (Guyer H.S./Corinth, Texas); Zion Harmon (Bowling Green H.S./Bowling Green, Ky.); Wendell Moore Jr. (Cox Mill H.S./Charlotte, N.C.); Jeremy Roach (Paul VI Catholic H.S./Leesburg, Va.); Jalen Suggs (Minnehaha Academy/Minneapolis, Minn.); Isaiah Todd (John Marshall H.S./Richmond, Va.); Romeo Weems (New Haven H.S./New Haven, Mich.); and James Wiseman (East H.S./Nashville, Tenn.).

Athletes returning with at least one prior USA Basketball training camp include: Joshua Christopher(Mayfair H.S./Lakewood, Calif.); Eric Dixon (Abington H.S./Willow Grove, Pa.); Anthony Edwards (Holy Spirit Prep School/Atlanta, Ga.); Jalen Johnson (Sun Prairie H.S./Sun Prairie, Wis.); Justin Lewis (Poly Tech H.S./Baltimore, Md.); Nico Mannion (Pinnacle H.S./Scottsdale, Ariz.); Ethan Morton (Butler H.S./Butler, Pa.); Isaac Okoro (McEachern H.S./Powder Springs, Ga.); Isaiah Stewart (La Lumiere School, Ind./Rochester, N.Y.); and Julian Strawther (Liberty H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.).

Evan Mobley (Rancho Cucamonga H.S./Temecula, Calif.) and Jahmius Ramsey (IMG Academy, Fla./Mansfield, Texas) will be taking part in their first USA Basketball training camp.

“The committee is excited that these 24 athletes accepted invitations to the 2018 USA Men’s U17 World Cup Team training camp, and we feel that we will have a strong, competitive group from which to select the 12-member roster,” said Sean Ford, USA Basketball men’s national team director and chair of the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team Committee. “We will have a great mix of athletes, and we look forward to starting the team selection process in June.”

The training camp and team will be led by USA U17 head coach Don Showalter (coach director, USA Basketball youth division) with assistant coaches Scott Fitch (Fairport H.S., N.Y.) and Stan Waterman(Sanford School, Del.). The staff returns to lead the 2018 USA Men’s U17 World Cup Team after guiding the USA to a gold medal at the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and a qualifying berth for the USA into the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup.

The finalists, which are expected to be named on June 18, will continue training camp at the USOTC, and the 12-member roster will be named prior to the team’s departure for the competition on June 23.

2018 FIBA U17 World Cup

First held in 2010, the FIBA U17 World Cup features the world’s top athletes who are 17 years old or younger, and FIBA currently holds U17 World Cups every two years. Overall, the USA is a perfect 30-0 in four previous editions of the FIBA U17 World Cup.

The 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup will be played June 26-July 8 in Rosario and Sante Fe, Argentina.

The USA was placed into Group B for 2018, where in the preliminary round it will face China on June 30, Mali on July 1 and Serbia on July 3. Group A includes Australia, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Turkey. Playing in Group C will be Canada, Egypt, Montenegro and New Zealand. Group D features Argentina, Croatia, France and Philippines.

Following the preliminary round, all teams will advance to the round of 16 on July 4. The winners of the round of 16 will advance to the medal quarterfinals on July 6, and the losers will play out for ninth-16th places. The semifinals will be played on July 7, and the gold and bronze medal games on July 8.

In the inaugural FIBA U17 World Cup for Men in 2010, the USA captured gold with a perfect 8-0 record, and Bradley Beal was tabbed MVP. In 2012, Jahlil Okafor earned MVP honors and was joined on the all-tournament team by Justise Winslow as the U.S. again captured gold. In 2014, the U.S. claimed gold as Malik Newman earned tournament MVP honors and Diamond Stone listed on the all-tournament team. In the most recent edition, MVP Collin Sexton came off the bench to lead the USA to gold and earn MVP honors, while Wendell Carter Jr. was named all-tournament.

Additional notable athletes who have played for the USA men’s U17 teams include: Quinn Cook (2010), Harry Giles (2014), Tyus Jones (2012), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (2010), James McAdoo (2010), Jabari Parker (2012) and Gary Trent Jr. (2016).

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Duke Offers Josiah James

Josiah James picks up a Duke offer.

Duke has offered 5 star SF Josiah James, a versatile prospect from Charleston. S.C..  The class of 2019 prospect plays for Porter-Gaud School where he is one of the best, if not the best player in his state.  Jon Scheyer is the lead recruiter for James who plays on the Adidas circuit.

Duke Offers Prolific Scorer, R.J. Hampton

Photo - Rick Crank for Blue Devil Nation features R.J. Hampton

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski has extended an offer to R.J. Hampton, a 6-4 shooting guard out of Texas.  Hampton leads the Under Armor with 24.5 ppg and he has the ability to play both guard spots with his passing skills.

Hampton has visited the Duke campus already during their annual Countdown to Craziness.  The Blue Devils seem sure to make his short list per sources and they have made him a priority target moving forward.

Follow R.J. on twitter - @RjHampton14

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