Category Archives: Duke Basketball Recruiting News

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Duke offers PG Tremont Waters

images (22)Duke Assistant Coach Jon Scheyer visited PG Tremon Waters this afternoon where the prospect learned that Coach K was offering him.  Waters is a 5-11 PG from South Kent, Connecticut who plays for South Kent High School.  He currently holds offers from UConn and Seton Hall.  Duke is in pursuit of a multi year PG in this class.


Coach K and Duke offers Hamidou Diallo

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Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski has extended an offer to Hamidou Diallo.  The 6-4, 180 pound shooting guard is from Queens, New York and plays his AAU ball for the New York Rens.  His play at this past weekends EYBL Session 1 has made it clear that he is one of the nations finest talents in the Class of 2017.  He is currently attending the Putnam Science Academy and is considered a sure fire prospect and he holds offers from Connecticut, Kentucky to mention a few.




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Langford Garners Duke Offer

images (18)Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski offered 2018 guard Romeo Langford last evening.  Langford is a sleek 6-4, 178 pound wing that plays his high school basketball for New Albany High School which is in New Albany, Indiana.  Despite being in the Hoosiers backyard, Langford liked the Blue Devils growing up.  Langford is very athletic and considered a scorer.  The Blue Devils are actively recruiting wing guards to replace current or expected defections on their roster. Duke Assistant Coach Jon Scheyer is the lead assistant for Langford. Indiana, Louisville, Kansas and Kentucky are among others who have offered the talented Langford.

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Jack White Commits to Duke

The Dimages (4)uke Blue Devils have added Aussie, Jack White to their 2016 class.  White is a 6-6, 220 pound wing player who has until this point played his basketball career in Australia.

Jack White selects Duke
Jack White selects Duke

The White family informed Duke Coach Mike Krzzyewski of his decision on Thursday.  White will now learn future skills at the highest level of college basketball.

White played for his Australia National team in the FIBA U19 World Championship last year, averaging 8.3 points and 3.9 rebounds.

White is currently enrolled at the Basketball Australia Center of Excellence in Canberra where he is expected to remain until he matriculates to Duke in June.

During his visit to Duke, White was able to meet the players and staff, see the campus and check out the Blue Devils state of the art basketball facilities.  He also started to form what will become key relationships in his future basketball endeavors.


He joins a recruiting class that features Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Javin DeLaurier and Franks Jackson.  Duke is still recruiting Marques Bolden as well.  Bolden recently said he would be making his decision within a month.


Getting to Know Duke 16′ Javin DeLaurier

6_3564471As you probably know by now, Duke is putting together a stellar recruiting class in 2016 and Javin DeLaurier (6-9, 210) is a part of it.  DeLaurier plays about three and a half hours north of Durham for St. Annes-Belfield , a private school located in Charlottesville, Virginia. DeLaurier is a versatile player known for a great motor and he tells us how that reputation came about in our latest Blue Devil Nation interview. DeLaurier is obviously a French last name which comes from his Father who is French-Canadian born but who moved to New York later in his life. Javin DeLaurier was born in California but moved to Virginia when he was about three years old.  Since that time, he's had a large dose of ACC Basketball where he has grown up in the leagues shadow. He most recently visited Duke and he speaks of sitting with the Cameron Crazies.  He also talks of his recruitment, recruiting others, Duke Family and so much more in the BDN interview.  With that said, I hope you enjoy getting to know Javin  DeLaurier a little bit better.

You picked Duke this past December over the likes of Arizona, Notre Dame, Texas and UNC.  A lot of big schools came after you.  Why was Duke your choice?

Duke?  It just felt right.  It was the best fit for me both academically and in terms of basketball.  It's a team I grew up rooting for in ACC country and once I made my visit, I just knew that was the place I wanted to play my college basketball.

I know you talk to the Duke coaching staff a lot.  Have they said how they'll use you once you get on campus in Durham?

As coach (Krzyzewski) has said they will just use me as a basketball player  He said I could guard different positions defensively and that would cause match up problems with my size and athleticism.

I didn't get to see you play but one weekend during this past AAU season, so I asked others about you.  One of the key words that comes up when talking with people whose opinions I trust is "motor."  They all said you have a good motor.  What do you think they mean by that?  How did you develop that motor and what gives you the drive?

It's an interesting story in that it's definitely not something I've always had.  Going into my sophomore year playing with a Nike AAU team, a parent of one of my teammates came up to me after the game and said, "You know, sometimes you make some really nice plays but then you take time off."  Well, that really stuck with me because I was really offended by his comment.  Ever since then I have made a habit out of never wanting to leave the court with anything I could have left out there.

Some folks have called you a late bloomer in that you soared up the rankings last year ...

I mean, rankings don't mean that much to me.  I don't put too much stock in them, because like you said, some people call me a late bloomer.  I had the same confidence in myself when I was not ranked as I do now. (Javin is ranked in everyone's top 50 now)  No matter what any opponent is ranked, you have to come to play and I have to do the same thing.  You have to bring everything, that's what basketball is about.

How your team doing this season and how are you playing individually?

It's going well.  We started off the season rough, losing four out of five games, but since then we are on a 13-1 run and we are playing well at the right time.  We have three more regular season games left and then the post season. I have definitely improved since the beginning of the year.  I've had to play more of a different role this year being more of a leader and distributor.  With my high school team, I am sort of position-less.  Depending on the situation and who we are playing I will run anywhere from the 1 to the 5.

Who has influenced you most as a person and a player?

As a person and a player?  That would be my mom.  She played collegiate basketball at Rutgers.  She's always been tough on me, tough love.  She is both my biggest fan and my harshest critic and the person who has had the biggest influence in my life.

Javin, you are part of a stellar class.  What is it like to be a part of said class and have you started to develop relationships with your future teammates?

You know, it's great.  It's really nice.  It's crazy in that I'm a top 50 player in the Duke class and yet I am by far the lowest ranked of them.  It's just crazy, we have a lot of talent in this class and I  can't wait to see what we are able to do on the court next season.  In terms of building relationships, I have played with Frank Jackson a lot this summer on the circuit and he was on my team at several camps, so I consider him a pretty good friend.  As for Jason Tatum and Harry Giles?  They both seem like really cool guys and I can't wait to play with them. The expectations are going to be high, but I think we can live up to the expectations.

Caj4kWjW0AA_2o8Can you elaborate a little but more on your relationship with Frank Jackson?  He'll be on campus this weekend visiting Duke.

Frank is  just a great guy.  I met him for the first time, in Atlanta, I think and during the NBA Top 100 Camp and things really jumped while playing with him.  He's a great, great basketball player and really athletic, smart and one of the nicest guys you will ever meet off the court.

A lot of former players when they talk about Duke say it's family for life.  You most recently visited Duke  and the Cameron Crazies chanted for you to sit with them.  Do you already feel like you're a part of the Duke Family?

Absolutely.  The coaching staff has always told me that it's a brotherhood at Duke and when  I visitedDurham, I couldn't have been more welcomed.  It's the experience of a life time to be a part of Duke.  I talked to Harry  little bit.  We're both really excited to be there and it was a great atmosphere.

A lot of times when young men as yourself sign with Duke, they start to help recruit other people in their class or future ones.  Has that been the case with you, Javin?

Well, I have been in Marques Bolden's ear pretty much ever since I committed.  As soon as I reached my decision, I texted him and said, "Come on big boy, let's go."

I know it's early on, but what has your relationship been like with Mike Krzyzewski?  And also, there is usually a lead assistant that recruits you the hardest.  Can you speak to that as well?

The assistant coach who handled my recruitment was Coach (Nate) James.  He was actually recruited me under the radar since about a year ago at this time when he came up to one of my games.  As for Coach (Krzyzewski) as you get to know him, you realize there is so much more to him than when you are just watching him on TV.  The first time he called my house he was just really personable and a cool guy.  I have a lot of faith in Coach.  Again, just walking into Cameron on my visit, I just felt a wave of history, tradition and emotion wash all over me.  Then I looked up in the rafters and saw the retired jerseys and all those banners and I knew it was the place I wanted to call home.

6-001Do you have a message for Duke fans?  What would you like to say to them in closing?

Duke fans, get ready.  Just get ready, because next year is going to be special.

Well, you sound like a special young man too.  Thanks for your time.

Thank you.


Marques Bolden Decision Looming?

Marques-BoldenDuke remains on the final five list for Texan Center Marques Bolden who is nearing his decision on where he will play.  Kansas and Kentucky are considered front runners by many while TCU and Oklahoma are considered long shots.

Bolden is one of the last remaining big time players in his class.  Kansas is attractive to Bolden in that they have had success with big men.  Kentucky makes the list for their success in getting players to the NBA.  Duke offers a chance to play alongside a banner class and learn under Coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Bolden is the 20th ranked player in his class per ESPN.