One of the nation's top center prospects has narrowed his list to three schools and Duke is one of them. The Blue Devils join Michigan and UCLA as his finalists.
Williams, the brother of former Duke women's standout Elizabeth Williams is a 7'0 center who most recently transferred to IMG Academy in Florida for his senior season.
The key Duke prospect played on the Nike EYBL circuit this past summer where he suited up for Boo Williams out of Virginia. Williams showed consistent improvement and impressed the Duke staff which was quick to offer.
Williams recently had this to say to Stockrisers about Duke, "Obviously, they’re a legendary program with Coach K. They’ve been recruiting me hard, and they want to create a really special 2020 class. I feel like they do a good job of adjusting for their bigs to do what they do well from year to year."
Williams will visit Duke on October 26th. He will visit Michigan this weekend and is expected in today. For more on Williams, Duke basketball recruiting efforts and our take on how this one will play out, join Blue Devil Nation Premium during our one-year special.
Duke basketball has offered 2020 power forward Jaemyn Brakefield of Huntington Prep in West Virginia. Brakefield received the offer after talking with Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devil staff.
Brakefield is a consensus top 40 rated player and plays a position of need for Duke. The Blue Devils frontcourt will be gutted after the coming season, so they are looking for bodies.
The left-handed Brakefield is a combo forward which some describe as smooth on the court. He is capable of helping on the boards and can stretch the defense with his outside shot.
Brakefield has one more official visit to make and Duke hopes to get him on campus sooner rather than later. He holds offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Ole Miss, Michigan and others. More to come! Join Blue Devil Nation Premium during our yearly special and support our efforts.
Check out Brakefields tweet below which is followed by two videos of his game. There is also a tweet from current Duke verbal commitment Jalen Johnson wanting him to join the #brotherhood.
The Duke men's basketball staff is wasting no time with their recruitment of 2020 center Hunter Dickinson. The Blue Devils recent offer is being followed by an in-home visit where the staff will get to know the key prospect and his family.
Dickinson announced his offer on twitter this past Friday. The DeMatha Catholic prospect stands 7'2 and weighs in around 250 pounds plays where former Blue Devil Danny Ferry starred in high school. Another former Duke standout, Quinn Cook played at the program as well before transferring to Oak Hill for his senior season.
The latest Blue Devil offer went out after Walker Kessler elected to go to North Carolina. Dickinson had been on the Duke radar for some time and now has a chance to develop his skills under Mike Krzyzewski in Durham.
Dickinson played for Team Takeover, an AAU program on the Nike EYBL circuit. That program has had great success over the years teaching their player how to develop within a team concept.
The Blue Devils are now moving to get Dickison on campus in October or early November at the latest. Duke looked at several big man prospects when a scholarship became available and came to the conclusion that Dickinson was the best fit.
Duke currently has an offer out to another big man in Mark Williams who is the teammate of committed prospect Jalen Johnson, his teammate at IMG Academy. Williams is the brother of famed Duke women's standout Elizabeth Williams.
The Blue Devils also have a standing offer to Zaire Williams who is a west coast stud prospect. Duke needs to sign a large class where they are once again faced with mass losses to the NBA.
The Duke class currently consists of a point guard, in Jeremy Roach and the aforementioned small forward Jalen Johnson, the first two players to pledge their service. Duke later added talented swing guard DJ Steward and most recently got a pledge from hard-working Henry Coleman, a power forward out of Virginia.
Dickinson holds several offers which include Michigan where he visited earlier this month. Ten other ACC schools have offered Dickinson who has had multiple suitors.
Should Duke land Dickinson, he would be one of the few big men on the teams' roster. Duke will lose senior captains Javin DeLaurier and Jack White after the coming season. And the Blue Devils will also lose freshmen studs Matthew Hurt and Vernon Carey Jr. as early entrants to the NBA draft.
Duke has two staff members in Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith who can share with the Dickinson family how much similarly sized Brian Zoubek meant to the program. Those three guys were a part of the 2010 national championship team.
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The Duke Blue Devils have formerly offered 2020 center4-star center Hunter Dickinson. The DeMatha Catholic product tweeted the latest news just moments ago. He goes to the same high school where former Blue Devils Quinn Cook and Danny Ferry attended, More to come. Join Blue Devil Nation during our one-year special.
The Duke Blue Devils got a pledge from 2020 power forward Henry Coleman III. The Richmond, Virginia native made his collegiate choice moments ago at Trinity Episcopal High Scool.
Coleman opened a gift box which contained a Duke cap and placed it on his head. Some Duke blue balloons on the side may have been a giveaway but his family and friends cheered loudly after his choice. And for good reason for he is his class's president.
"Duke just felt like home." The newest Blue Devil commit said he felt he fit in well with his future teammates. He reiterated, "I talked to Coach K a couple of days before the visit and he said as soon as you get on campus I was going to know it was home."
Coleman stands a good chance of making an immediate impact with Duke which is expected to lose much of their frontcourt. He is a hard-nosed and hard-working prospect capable of guard either forward spot on the court.
Duke coach Nate James played a vital role as lead assistant. The Blue Devils gained their fourth commitment in the 2020 class. Coleman will join recently committed DJ Steward, Jalen Johnson, and Jeremy Roach.
And his commitment brings another big plus. "Now, I’m turning in to a recruiter for my team and I’m going after Mark Williams!," Coleman said in his USA Today blog. He continued, "It’s easier for me because we’re actually best friends and we played AAU together for years, and we’ve always played really well together."
Coleman impressed the Duke staff while playing for Team Loaded on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit. His improved play this past season drew a number of offers and the Blue Devils held off the likes of Virginia Tech, Ohio State and Michigan during the process.
Interestingly, Nate James and Coleman have a lot in common. James had the nickname Nate "Dogg," while in Durham and he was always around for a key rebound or basket. Coleman should develop nicely at Duke with his athleticism and hustle.
Coleman fits in nicely with his future class and gives the Blue Devils a strong body in the paint.
The Blue Devils are far from finished with the Class of 2020. They will now turn their attention to other key players including a big man back on the radar. For more on the latest recruiting efforts, join Blue Devil Nation Premium during our one-year special. We have years of experience and get out to the gyms to see the young men in person.
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