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 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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The Duke basketball staff will entertain DJ Steward this weekend for his official visit. The Blue Devils have been heavily involved with the dual guard since this summer.
Steward is a Chicago native and that, of course, is where head coach Mike Krzyzewski is from. The Blue Devils staff flew up to visit the star guard earlier this week.
Steward hoops for Whitney Young High School which produced Duke alum Jahlil Okafor.
It is no secret that Steward has been a focus of the Blue Devils staff and they are now moving quickly to state their case. This will be the Stewart's family first visit to campus.
Steward most recently visited Texas and many have said Louisville has been all-in on him of late. Both Duke and Louisville visited Chicago this week, but the Blue Devils have moved fast to get him on campus and show him how they envision his use should he become a part of the brotherhood.
Duke continues it's busy September and most recently hosted Henry Coleman and Walker Kessler as they try to round out their class. The Blue Devils will also host Mark Williams soon as they zero in on their prospects of choice.
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There is no lack of offers of late from the Duke Blue Devils which have extended and an invitation to stellar prospect Jonathan Kuminga.
The 6-8 hybrid forward plays for Our Savior New American School High School in New York and is the top-ranked player in his class of 2021.
He has some Duke ties in that former Blue Devil player Andy Borman is his coach. Kuminga had impressed everyone on the summer circuit with his play and he holds offers from Kentucky and St.John's as well.
The general belief is that it is very early in his recruitment.
After his impressive performances at the Nike Peach Jam, Duke has offered DJ Steward. Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski extended an offer after watching him with assistants, Jon Scheyer, and Nate James during the last two days of the event.
Steward is a 6-3 combo guard with a natural knack for scoring. The fast-rising young star scored 31 points, dished out 5 assists while pulling down 12 rebounds while the Duke staff watched his game against a stacked AOC team and an offer came within hours after the performance.
The Chicago native is making a name for himself by playing high-level basketball, showing grit and determination to make himself better.
To give you an idea of his ascent up the rankings, Steward originally was ranked as the 103rd best player and is now tabbed as high as 27. By weeks end, he will be in the teens in adjusted rankings per reliable sources.
Steward was on the Duke radar prior to the Peach Jam where the Blue Devils staff sent word they would watch him. Needless to say, he impressed the longtime Duke coach, Mike Krzyzewski enough to move fast to get into the expanding picture.
Duke will now try to set up a visit in the future for Steward and he will hear from Krzyzewski as he is likely to take his time and go on his allotted five official visits.
Only time will tell whether Duke gets one of those visits, but the feeling her is they should as the relationship develops. It is worth noting he has played for Whitney Young High School which is the alma mater of former Blue Devil and current New Orlean Pelican center Jahlil Okafor.