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Duke Hoops Signs Talented Class


DURHAM, N.C. –
 Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has announced the signing of six future Blue Devils during the NCAA's early-signing period. The class is ranked No. 2 according to ESPN, which would give Duke's signing classes a top-two ranking in each of the last seven seasons.

Jaemyn BrakefieldHenry Coleman III, Jalen Johnson, Jeremy Roach, D.J. Steward and Mark Williams will enter the Duke program for the 2020-21 season. Duke's previous top-ranked classes in the ESPN 100 came in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018, while the 2016 and 2019 classes were ranked No. 2.

Jaemyn Brakefield – 6-8 – 215 – Forward – Jackson, Miss. – Huntington Prep (W.Va.)

  • A five-star power forward
  • Ranked as the No. 23 overall player in ESPN 100's rankings for the class of 2020
  • Ranked as the No. 1 player in the state of West Virginia and the No. 5 player at his position in the ESPN 100
  • Played for Team Phenom University in the EYBL with fellow Duke signee Jalen Johnson and averaged 15.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists last summer with two double-doubles
  • Committed to Duke on October 4, 2019
  • Chose the Blue Devils over Louisville, Michigan and Auburn, among others

Henry Coleman III – 6-7 – 210 – Forward – Richmond, Va. – Trinity Episcopal School

  • A four-star power forward
  • Ranked as the No. 42 player overall in ESPN 100's rankings for the class of 2020
  • Also ranked as the No. 5 player in the state of Virginia and the No. 8 at his position in the ESPN 100
  • Averaged 18.2 points and 6.4 rebounds this past summer on the Nike EYBL circuit for Team Loaded
  • Is senior class president at Trinity Episcopal School
  • Committed to Duke on September 27, 2019
  • Chose the Blue Devils over Michigan, NC State, Virginia Tech and Ohio State, among others

Jalen Johnson – 6-8 – 215 – Forward – Glendale, Wisc. – IMG Academy (Fla.)

  • A five-star small forward
  • Ranked as the No. 4 overall player in ESPN 100's rankings for the class of 2020
  • Ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida and No. 1 at his position in the ESPN 100
  • Led Nicolet HS in Glendale, Wisc., to a state championship last season before transferring to IMG Academy for his senior campaign
  • Played for Team Phenom University in the EYBL with fellow Duke signee Jaemyn Brakefield and averaged 17.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists last summer with five double-doubles
  • Committed to Duke on July 4, 2019
  • Chose the Blue Devils over Arizona, Kentucky and Wisconsin, among others

Jeremy Roach – 6-2 – 180 – Guard – Leesburg, Va. – Paul VI HS

  • A five-star point guard
  • Ranked as the No. 15 player overall in ESPN 100's ranking for the class of 2020
  • Also ranked second in the state of Virginia and ranked third overall at his position in the ESPN 100
  • Missed his junior season of high school (ACL)
  • Played for Team Takeover in the Nike EYBL and averaged 6.6 points and 3.1 assists in the summer of 2018
  • Has won a pair of gold medals with USA Basketball – at the 2017 FIBA Americas U-16 and the 2018 FIBA U-17 World Cup
  • Was the starting point guard for the U-17 team and averaged 6.4 points and 2.7 assists
  • The first five-star player in the class of 2020 to announce his commitment, committing to Duke on May 8, 2019
  • Chose the Blue Devils over Kentucky, North Carolina and Villanova, among others

D.J. Steward – 6-3 – 175 – Guard – Chicago, Ill. – Whitney Young HS

  • A five-star combo guard
  • Ranked as the No. 26 player overall in ESPN 100's ranking for the class of 2020
  • Also ranked second in the state of Illinois and ranked seventh overall at his position in the ESPN 100
  • Averaged 24.1 points and shot 41 percent from three-point range in the summer of 2019 for Team MeanStreets on the Nike EYBL circuit
  • Attended the same high school as former Blue Devil Jahlil Okafor
  • Committed to Duke on September 18, 2019
  • Chose the Blue Devils over North Carolina, Louisville, Indiana and Texas, among others

Mark Williams – 7-0 – 230 – Center – Norfolk, Va. – IMG Academy (Fla.)

  • A four-star center
  • Ranked as the No. 30 overall player in ESPN 100's rankings for the class of 202
  • Ranked No. 4 in the state of Florida and as the No. 5 center in the ESPN 100
  • Played three years at Norfolk Academy before transferring to IMG Academy for his senior season
  • On the Nike EYBL circuit, played for Team Boo Williams and averaged 14.8 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game, while shooting 64 percent from the field
  • Improved his numbers to 23.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 76 percent shooting at the Peach Jam
  • His older sister, Elizabeth, played for Duke from 2011-15 and now plays for the WNBA's Atlanta Dream
  • Committed to Duke on November 2, 2019
  • Chose the Blue Devils over UCLA and Michigan, among others.

Mark Williams Joins Duke Brotherhood

Duke added their sixth commitment to their 2020 recruiting class when Mark Williams of IMG Academy picked Duke over Michigan and UCLA.

Willams started his summer off as a top 50 player but his stellar play helped him ascend in the rankings where he is now seen as a top 30 prospect. The Virginia native transferred to IMG Academy after his Nike EYBL season where he played for Boo Williams.

Duke was n desperate need for frontcourt help before William's commitment. The Blue Devils offer immediate playing time with the expected losses of seniors Javin DeLauraer and Jack White and the likelihood that Matthew Hurt and Vernon Carey will enter the NBA Draft.

Williams is familiar with the Duke campus in that his sister, Elizabeth, had her jersey retired after a stellar career with the Duke women's program.

The Blue Devil to be cut a long list of schools down to three in early September and Duke was on the list. The Blue Devils offered Williams in late April and remained very active from him since that time.

Willams will join one of the nation's top recruiting classes. That class includes DJ Steward, Jaemyn Brakefield, Jalen Johnson, Jeremy Roach, and Henry Coleman.

Many of the aforementioned in-coming players were active in recruiting Williams. He most recently visited Duke for his official visit during Countdown for Craziness with IMG Academy teammate Jalen Johnson.

Blue Devil Nation members long knew Williams was a Duke lean but the process needed to play out. Duke still wants and needs another big man in this class and they currently have an offer out to Hunter Dickinson.

Recap of Recent Duke Prospect Visitors

The Duke Blue Devils secured three prospects and two commitments this past weekend during Countdown to Craziness.

The Duke staff entertained 2020 center prospect Hunter Dickinson on his official visit. Dickinson is expected to make a decision in the near future.

Duke also had a visit from 2021 standout Paolo Banchero who is expected at this time to remain with his class. Banchero has a long list of suitors. He did make this tweet pictured in a Duke uniform -

The Blue Devils also had a visit from 2021 New York standout AJ Griffin. We look forward to seeing him back for an official visit to Cameron and Duke.

Also attending the festivities were verbal commitments Henry Coleman and Jaemyn Brakefield.

Hunter Dickinson
AJ Griffin (L) and Paolo Banchero (R)

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Left to right, AJ, Jaemyn. Paolo, Henry, and Hunter with the Crazies. Photo copyrights Blue Devil Nation.

Mark Williams Set For Duke Visit

The Duke Blue Devils men's basketball staff will entertain Mark Williams for his official visit this coming weekend. Williams is a seven-foot center and the brother of former Duke women's hoops standout, Elizabeth Williams.

Standing at around 7 feet tall, Williams is one of the top centers in the 2020 class. He transferred to IMG Academy for his senior season where he will play alongside Blue Devil's verbal commitment Jalen Johnson.

Williams is from Norfolk, Virginia and he played for Boo Williams in the Nike EYBL summer league circuit. For those wondering, that is the same program that produced former Duke player and national champion Andre Dawkins.

While there is already a familiarity with the campus and program, Williams will get the Duke staff's undivided attention and their vision on how he can help with the future of the program.

Williams will attend the exhibition game with Northwest Missouri State. The Blue Devils entertained Hunter Dickinson the week before which are the last two offers currently on the table for next year's class.

Duke already has verbal commitments from Jeremy Roach, Jalen Johnson, Henry Coleman, and Jaemyn Brakefield.

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Hunter Dickinson Highlights Visitors to CTC

The Duke Blue Devils unofficial start to the basketball season is their annual Countdown to Craziness event in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

While the event is designed to introduce the Cameron Crazies to the 2019-20 version of the team, it is also a time when key recruits and or prospects attend.

This year is no different where Duke will be entertaining 2020 center Hunter Dickinson of DeMatha High for his official visit. Duke seeks a verbal commitment from Dickinson and Mark Williams who will visit later this month to round out what could be a seven-player class.

Dickinson has been linked to Michigan which got a verbal commitment from Isiah Todd yesterday who is a power forward from North Carolina. His official visit begins today where he will be on campus early for the festivities.

Three 2020 players who have already given Duke a verbal commitment will attend the event as well. PG Jeremy Roach will come down from Virginia to join the last two Duke commitments, Henry Coleman and Jaemyn Brakefield for the festivities.

Roach was a former teammate of Hunter Dickinson and he will surely be in his ear as will the other players which form the Class of 2020. Roach was the first prospect to commit to the Blue Devils and he, along with Jalen Johnson has been active in recruiting teammates.

The Blue Devils staff has also secured visits from two 2021 studs. Big man Paolo Banchero will be making his first trip to Durham. Banchero has been on the Duke radar and every other blue blood program since his stellar play during the summer circuit.

Another consensus top ten rated player AJ Griffin, a small forward out of New York will also be in attendance. Much like Banchero, Griffin is a physically mature player who will thrive at the college level even if it is for a single season.

There may be a few other young or local players attending as well and Blue Devil Nation will keep you posted on further developments.

Duke currently has the top-rated class for 2020 with the aforementioned Brakefield, Coleman, Johnson, and Roach. The other prospect on board is Chicago combo guard, DJ Steward.

Countdown to Craziness starts in just a few hours now where the doors open at 6:00 but there will be festivities in K-Ville around 4:00. The Blue-White game will finish things off starting around 8:30.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

4 p.m. - Festivities begin in K-Ville

6 p.m. – Doors open

7:55 p.m. – National anthem

8 p.m. – Introduction of the 2019-20 Blue Devils

8:25 p.m. – Blue-White scrimmage

Breaking! Jaemyn Brakefield to Duke

In huge recruiting news, Jaemyn Brakefield has committed to Duke.  The Blue Devils moved with a stealth-like and quick effort to secure his services.  Show him the love Blue Devil Nation for he is a part of the brotherhood.

Brakefield who was just offered yesterday knew where he wanted to go to college, calling Duke his dream school.  After talking with his AAU teammate over time, Brakefield was sold on Duke and he became their fifth commitment in 2020.

He joins future teammates DJ Steward, Jeremy Roach, Henry Coleman, and the aforementioned Johnson.  His addition gives Duke some very versatile players for Mike Krzyzewski to work with.

Brakefield moved up from the Class of 2021 to 2020 earlier this summer.  He is slated to play for Huntington Prep this season before joining the brotherhood next summer.

The newest Duke verbal commit averaged 15.9 points, 6.1 rebounds per game for Phenom Hoops on the Nike EYBL circuit which also features his future teammate Jalen Johnson.  He was also teammates with a key Duke target in the Class of 2021, Patrick Baldwin Jr.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski spoke to Brakefield on Wednesday of this week expressing the Blue Devils interest.  He would call on Thursday night to make an official offer.  Today, Brakefield felt that Duke was the perfect fit and he made his choice public.

Duke is getting a versatile frontcourt player in Brakefield who can stretch the floor with his outside shot or he can take the ball in the paint.  With his athleticism, Brakefield has a chance to be a good defensive player and he can hit the boards for rebounds.

The Blue Devils are not finished this with the Class of 2020.  They will get a visit from center Mark Williams on October 26th weekend.  They also have a standing offer with Hunter Dickinson.

This has turned out to be an exciting Friday for Brakefiled and Blue Devil Nation.  "Look what God can do," was the catchphrase on his commitment tweet.  Amen!