The top unsigned prospect left in the nation just elected to play his college basketball for Mike Krzyzewski and duke University. Ingram, the A.P. North Carolina High School Player of the year, chose Duke over Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, North Carolina State and UCLA. With his addition, Duke now has the top recruiting class in the country coming in after losing Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow to the NBA. The addition of Ingram gives Duke eleven scholarship players for the 2015-16 season.
The early November signing period will yield no surprises for Duke Basketball. That is, unless their ast target decides to go ahead and announce his decision. Blue Devil Nation has learned that not only will Chase Jeter and Luke Kennard will send their letters of intent in, but they'll also room together.
Meanwhile, another key target in Brandon Ingram and his camp continue to play their decision close to the vest. Originally, Ingram had planned to announce decision in the Fall and that can still happen.
The Blue Devil staff has to like their early haul. In Chase Jeter, they get a versatile front court player with plenty of upside. In Luke Kennard, they get a hard nose competitor that can play multiple roles as well.
Jeter stands 6-11 and played his high school ball in Las Vegas. He committed to Duke shortly after winning the MVP of an Adidas Nations event this pat August. At that rime he mentioned being able to play for Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski and contribute right away as being key factors.
The Jeter family took their time with the recruiting process, but Duke had gained a lead on his last visit to the school. Still, they wanted to make sure it was the right decision and it all played out well for Duke in the end. Jeter suitors were Arizona, Kansas, UCLA and UNLV.
When Duke first started to recruit Luke Kennard just before the 2013 Nike Peach Jam, many felt he was Kentucky's to lose. The reason being proximity to the school and early family allegiances. But Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski made some quick in roads and developed a strong relationship from that point on and it led to his commitment to the Blue Devils.
During his visit to Duke, Kennard felt at home and more importantly comfortable. He was told he could play three positions within their system on the visit and this enticed him to cast his lot with the Blue Devils.
Like Jeter, Kennard is a versatile player. He's also very competitive in anything he does. He gave up playing quarterback for his high school football team for the big picture of playing basketball for Krzyzewski and Duke. Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, North Carolina and Ohio State had all offered Kennard who will sign his Letter of Intent on Wednesday at his high school.
At last report, Duke was slated to get a visit this weekend from Brandon Ingram, a talented in state prospect from Kinston, North Carolina. Most feel Ingram is down to the three triangle are schools which include Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State.
Ingram and his camp have been quiet of late but in no way be surprised if his decision comes at any time. Ingram has originally pointed to a Fall decision and their camp has always been solid on their word with concern to past comments.
Both Jeter and Kennard as well as the prospect Ingram are all ranked in the top 26 players in the nation according to ESPN.
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When Duke offers a sophomore in high school, it's a big deal and means he's pretty darn good. The Blue Devils strayed form their normal policy by offering the top point guard in the Class of 2017 in Troy Brown.
The youthful point guard already stands near 6-6 and has a smooth handle and game. It's not a problem for him to get past defenders, often times making them look foolish in the process as he slithers through the lane for a dunk.
Brown visited Duke on an unofficial visit over the weekend and he came away with a rare offer from Coach Mike Krzyzewski for s rising sophomore. . Brown holds several offers already, including one from UNLV when he was 14 years old. He is also ranked the top point guard in his class at ESPN and while he has a way to go and grow, he could end up being a kid who can play other positions.
During an interview when he was thirteen years old, Brown listed Duke as one of his five dream schools growing up, so an early visit to the Duke campus should shock nobody. Brown most recently turned a few heads at the prestigious LeBron James Skills Academy earning him the number two spot in his class by ESPN as well.
Not surprisingly, Brown is already getting involved with USA Basketball and he also attended this past years Chris Paul Camp where he claimed his goal was to show the world a tall prospect can indeed run the point. He uses length and athleticism to his advantage and will surely get better with a lot of time left before he enters collegiate basketball.
If the budding prospect wasn't already hot enough and starting to get serious hype for his on the court exploits, he will have even more with on the top programs in the nation offering much earlier than they normally do in Duke.
Brown currently plays AAU Basketball for the Las Vegas Prospects.
Chase Jeter, the 6’11” five-star forward out of Las Vegas, committed to the Duke Blue Devils tonight. Jeter had just completed his play at the AdidasNations event in Southern California, where he earned MVP honors for his play in the third place game, where he scored 14 points, grabbed 16 rebounds, and blocked four shots. He actually blocked about seven, but only got credit for four. In any event, after his postgame announcement at Long Beach City College, Blue Devil Nation was the only media outlet granted a private one-on-one interview with the newest Duke star-in-waiting. Here’s what he had to say.
BDN: First of all, I just wanted to congratulate you on your choice and your announcement.
CJ: Thank you.
BDN: How does it feel to have the decision and the announcement behind you now?
CJ: Definitely good. It feels great going into my senior year. I feel really, really comfortable with my decision and I’m just excited to be a Blue Devil.
BDN: Was it a burden for you to have to wait to make the announcement for a little longer than you originally had thought it was going to be, or not really?
CJ: Not at all. It was a personal thing and a familial thing as far as evaluating my decision and making sure that I took the time to make the right choice and give myself time to enjoy the recruiting process.
BDN: That was my next question. Did you enjoy the recruitment process? Some guys do, some guys don’t.
CJ: It definitely has its ups and downs. I was one of the earlier guys to commit, but I was just really comfortable with my decision.
BDN: You’re going to a terrific program, one full of history and which has had a tremendous amount of success over a period of decades, led by the winningest coach in college basketball history. How does it feel to be part of Duke Basketball, officially?
CJ: It’s definitely something special. The Duke guys, they play with such pride and energy, so that’s something you definitely want to go out there and represent with all your heart.
BDN: If you had to put your finger on it, what was it about Duke that ultimately made you choose that program?
CJ: The opportunity to play for Coach K and be able to play right away and have a strong presence.
BDN: Did that stand out for you as opposed to other schools?
CJ: Definitely. I feel like each school was a great choice for me. My final schools were, they were a great list, my final list of schools, but I just feel like Duke is just where I felt most comfortable and I felt it was the best place for me.
BDN: It seemed like you and your family had a terrific visit to campus in the spring and I know you bonded with Luke Kennard. I know your parents really like the Kennards, too. And you bonded with some of the other players on the team also. Was that an important aspect of your decision-making process, that weekend that you had in Durham?
CJ: Definitely, but every single visit I took was a chance for me to see who was there, what the campus environment was like, and it was a great opportunity for me.
BDN: It’s going to be a great recruiting class with you, Luke, and the transfer Sean Obi coming in, and who knows maybe they’ll add another player too. Anyone you would like to see join you and Luke in Durham out of your class?
CJ: Looking to get Brandon Ingram on board, you know he’s taking an official to UCLA this week –
BDN: And he’s going to Duke later in the week too.
CJ: Yeah, I know. So it’s gonna be interesting to see how everything works out for Brandon and we’re gonna try to get him on board.
BDN: You’re gonna work him?
CJ: Oh, definitely.
BDN: Was it tough to decide to go as far from home as you are going, or not really a big factor for you?
CJ: It was. I mean, I’ve been out on the west coast my whole life. I feel like I have a great relationship with my parents but at the end of the day, I felt like Duke was the best choice.
BDN: Last thing: Do you anticipate any kind of negative backlash or talk from the people at home, because I know there were a lot of people who wanted you to stay home and go to UNLV? Do you anticipate anything like that and if so, how are you going to deal with that?
CJ: Just ignore it, honestly. Like they say, haters aren’t my motivator. I just have to continue to do me. That’s what’s gotten me this far with the support of my family and my trainers and coaches so I just feel like I should just continue to do me. That’s all I can do.
BDN: I just wanted to congratulate you on making the decision. I hope you have a great senior season and I look forward to seeing you on the court at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
CJ: Thanks, Tom.
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