Duke is fortunate to have Cameron Reddish and Tre Jones already committed to play for the Blue Devils. While each has made their collegiate decision known already, neither has made their official visit.
The two future teammates are already friends and they will get to come in and play with this years team while checking out campus life this weekend. This will also be a great time for them to talk with the Duke staff before their high school season begins while gaining knowledge on how to improve their game.
Both Reddish and Jones are the top rated prospects at their positions per ESPN. Duke also hosted R.J. Barrett this weekend and are fully immersed in having him become part of what would be a dynamic trio.
Duke will need to sign several players in this class in that they expect to lose a bevy of talent to the NBA and graduation. The Blue Devils are still recruiting several prospects and the staff is currently on the road checking them out as I type. Duke is checking out Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis, two big time prospects today.
Duke fans will see Reddish and Jones during the season as well. The 2017-18 Duke team will likely bee the favorite in the ACC and possibly the nation going into the season.
The nation's top prospect in the class of 2018 will venture to Duke this weekend for his official visit. R.J. Barrett is the real deal! The young man is making a name for himself and his nation of Canada proud along the way.
R.J. Barrett led his Canadian National Team to a win over Team USA and in the process earned a gold medal this summer. He is a can't miss NBA talent who plays his high school basketball for Montverde Academy in Florida.
The big time prospect will be seeing the Duke campus and facilities for the first time this weekend. During his visit, he will likely get to see this years team as well and perhaps play some pick up with them.
The Blue Devils have zeroed in on Barrett as have other schools. He has already visited Kentucky and will take three other schools in Arizona, Michigan and Oregon after his time in Durham.
There will be plenty of playing time a year from now for the Blue Devils in that a mass exodus of players are expected to declare for the NBA Draft. Duke could conceivably lose their entire starting line up and more after this coming season.
But the Blue Devils reload quickly these days. They've already gained the services of point guard Tre Jones and the multi talented Cameron Reddish. And it is no secret that those guys are trying to get others to play beside them for another run at a title.
Barrett is all the rage in that he is the latest Canadian star to gain big time hype. In fact, most feel he will be the best player from the country which is producing more and more top-tier players yet.
If you are wondering about how this young man would fit into the Duke system, let us count the ways. Barrett knocked down 38 points in his Canadian National Teams win over a loaded Team USA. He was playing against a talented and older team when he did so.
Quite simply, R.J. Barrett is a scoring machine. He blows by defenders or can go over them for his perimeter shot. Barrett also finishes well on the offensive end which is a tribute to his athletic ability. His length should allow him to be a solid defender at the next two levels of play. He is capable of guarding multiple positions already and moves well on the court when off ball.
The addition of R.J. Barrett would give Duke one of the most versatile teams in the nation. He would also benefit from playing with a stellar point guard on Tre Jones, who is a proven winner and unselfish as was his brother who won a national title at Duke.
It will likely come down to a Fall decision for Barrett and his family who are methodically analyzing their options. We will likely know by November or possibly sooner, where this talented young man will play his collegiate career.
Duke has been on a roll in recruiting where they individually structure plans for players to get to the pro game or expand their education. The Blue Devils put another four players into the NBA this past season and next year there could be more than that.
With that kind of pedigree and to play for a coach who led the USA men's national team to three gold medals, it is a small wonder that Duke is having great success. Barrett would be a nice fit for the program and Blue Devil fans would certainly enjoy seeing him bring fans to their feet in Cameron.
Duke got their second commitment from a stud basketball prospect for the 2018-19 season when Cameron Reddish announced his intent to be a Blue Devil.
"I'm going somewhere that I can be challenged as a leader, challenged as a student, challenged to grow up, on and off the court," Reddish said and then continued "And that's why I'll be attending Duke University."
The young phenom made his choice known via The Player Tribune. You can read what Reddish had to say by CLICKING THIS LINK.
Reddish joins Tre Jones as the start of yet another stellar class to be for hall of fame coach Mike Krzyzewski. After some celebration Duke will turn its attention to several other key prospects.
A five-star prospect, Reddish averaged 22.6 points and 7.8 rebounds a game for Team Final which played in the very competitive Nike EYBL circuit this past summer. Reddish stands 6-8 but could get taller and weighs around 195 pounds while playing the small forward position.
Like many Duke players to be, Reddish played a big role for USA Basketball where he most recently participated in the FIBA World Cup. Reddish was fourth on a stacked team in scoring with 10.7 points a game for a talented team.
Duke is getting a small forward with long arms who can disrupt passing lanes with his length. He is quick off his feet and a very adept scorer. He loves being an on ball defender and is working on being more consistent. His favorite NBA player is Kevin Durant and he likes to play NBA2K with his little brother. He is considered a can't miss prospect who will one day play in the NBA.
Make no mistake, Marvin Bagley III is the real deal and a can't miss product. On Monday evening he committed to Duke University on ESPN.
Bagley is a double-double machine that dominates around the paint. His Dad is originally from Durham. N.C. and he has family in the are which was a plus.
He has been rated the top player in his class all season, never falling from that perch. Most recenty he fared well against top NBA talent and that led him to reclassify to the 2017 class.
With his verbal commitment, Duke now has the nations top rated class. Bagley will join fellow freshman, Trey Duval, Wendell Carter Jr., Gary Trent Jr., Alex O'Connell, Jordan Tucker and Jordan Goldwire.