Category Archives: Duke Basketball Recruiting News

Duke Very Much Alive With RJ Hampton

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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The R.J. Hampton Blog: Down to four, reclassifying possibility and more


Duke Basketball Team & Recruiting Update

Photo -SUN SENTINEL - Vernon Carey

Ticket prices in Cameron are at an all-time high for tomorrow's rivalry game between Duke and UNC and that means visitors.  Several celebrities will attend the classic including former president Barack Obama.

But this is also a time when some prospects visit and we take a look at that list for members of Blue Devil Nation Premium on the message board.  We will also update that list as the time nears to tip-off.  You can join Blue Devil Nation Premium for 60.00 a year during our special where you get just the facts without the fluff.

Duke Basketball Team & Recruiting Update

Brandon Boston is one of the key targets who will get a visit from the Duke staff this week and there are more.,

The Duke Blue Devils won their 20th game of the season in last nights dominating win over Boston College.  They will head to Charlottesville next but the staff is not just resting and preparing for that game.

The Duke staff is out in force this week on the recruiting trail and we have a new team and recruiting update posted for Blue Devil Nation members on the BDN Premium message board.

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Vernon Carey Will Play at Duke

Vernon Carey Jr. picked the Duke Blue Devils as his collegiate basketball choice on ESPN just moments ago.

Carey plays for NSU University School where he made his announcement in front of fans and family in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The five-star prospect played for Nike Team Florida on the Nike EYBL circuit.

The newest Duke Blue Devil to be will join Boogie Ellis and Wendell Moore Jr. in a class which is still evolving.  Carey chose Duke over Michigan State and North Carolina.

Carey stands 6-10, 260 pounds and has a versatile offensive game.  He has been rated the top player in his class and is on everyone's top five lists.

More to come.