The Duke Blue Devils solidify their 2019-20 recruiting class with highly ranked shooting guard Cassius Stanley giving the program the nations top-rated class.
Stanley chose Duke over Kansas, Oregon and UCLA.
His announcement came at his Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, California.
The newest Blue Devil averaged 17.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game in 2018-19 for a star-studded team.
Stanley joins fellow Californian, Boogie Ellis, Matthew Hurt, Vernon Carey Jr., and Wendell Moore Jr.
An elite athlete, Stanley hopes to be an immediate factor early at Duke, where three starters are NBA bound.
Standing at 6-5 with solid length and he is aggressive on the offensive end driving the ball downcourt while also being a willing defender.
Stanley is a little older than some freshman so that has allowed him to develop physically as well. He will look to gain a more consistent outside shot at Duke while getting stronger.
His high school is 22 miles from the Hollywood Walk of Fame, so there is little chance Stanley will be star-struck at Duke.
Several former NBA players send their kids to Sierra Canyon including Scottie Pippen, Duane "Pearl" Washington, Kenyon Martin to name a few.
His high school alum list includes kids from Berry Gordy. Sean Combs, Kevin Hart, the Jenner's and Jamie Fox to name a few. Elite level kids attend the school system near Los Angeles from kindergarten through high school.
Another recent Duke product from Sierra Valley was none other than Marvin Bagley III.
So, Stanley is more than a little accustomed to stars being around, so that should help him fit in with a program full of them and the stands always having somebody famous nearby.
His Dad, Jerome, was a successful sports agent who broke down some barriers along the way, He represented the likes of Baron Davis and Keyshaun Johnson.
Stanley once worked out with Oklahoma City standout Paul George.
It will be fin for Duke fans to watch the athletic Stanley add polish to his game while in Durham. There is no reason he should not push for immediate playing time if he puts in the work.
Stanley added Duke to his list in early August and visited the school the weekend after that news came out. It was obviously a good visit.
Duke assistant coaches Nate James and Chris Carrawell took lead roles in the recruiting process recognizing the talent Stanley possessed.
“It was a lot of pressure,” said Stanley after his decision. “Initially I had three schools, UCLA, Kansas and Oregon. Coach Alford got fired and around the same time Duke slid in. I was skeptical at first because I wanted to stay loyal to the programs that were recruiting me earlier, but I felt Duke had the best to offer.”
The Blue Devils wanted to add a shooting guard to this class and more backcourt help, so the addition of Stanley afford them backcourt depth.
One of the nations top prospects, Wendell Moore Jr. has decided he will play basketball for Duke University. His announcement came in front of his hometown Cox Mill fans. Moore picked the Blue Devils over in state and ACC rivals North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest.
Moore is a tough and physical wing player who some consider a power guard. He is a top-notch defender who can guard multiple positions and he possesses a 6-11 wingspan while standing close to 6-6, 210 pounds.
Moore helped lead his Cox Mill team to back to back state titles and has just returned from a stint with USA Basketball. He is expected to become the Cabarrus County’s all-time leading scorer during his senior season with the Chargers where he's 19 points shy of the record.
The newest Duke commitment was born in Richmond, Virginia but currently hails from Charlotte, N.C. He played his AAU ball for CP3 in the Nike EYBL. A season ago he averaged 25.4 points per game in high school and added 7.3 rebounds per contest.
Moore was named as the 2017-18 North Carolina basketball coaches player of the year. He was first-team all state in various publications including USA Today.
The Charlotte native has also won two gold medals while playing for USA Basketball in 2017 and 2018. He started all seven games where his USA team went undefeated this past summer in Santa Fe, Argentina.
Moore grew up a LeBron James fan and is the son of Marie and Wendell Moore Sr. He is the first commitment in the 2019 class for Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils.
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Fresh off his participation in the USA Basketball camp, Wendell Moore Jr. is set to make his collegiate basketball decision at Cox Mill High School at 7:00 this evening.
Moore is a key Duke target and he also has N.C. State, North Carolina and Wake Forest on his list. He is one of the nations top wing players and the Blue Devils hope to land him and build the 2019 class around him.
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