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Duke has offered Isaiah Stewart, a 6-8 PF from Rochester, New York who played for City Rocks on the Nike EYBL circuit. Stewart is the eighth player in the 2019 class to pick up an offer.
The Blue Devils have been steadily building a relationship with Stewart through assistant coach Jon Scheyer who recently went to visit the prospect.
Stewart most recently transferred to La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.), which is a high school power. Powerfully built, Stewart worked on his game and physique after an injury setback during his sophomore season.
Stewart averaged 11.5 points per contest and 9.2 rebounds while shooting close to 64 percent from the field during this past seasons Nike EYBL Peach Jam Finals.
Duke has been coming on fast and hard for the paint eating young big man. Look for the prospect to keep Duke in mind as he close in on a decision and expect a visit to Cameron in the near future.
Duke has a visit from 5-Star shooting guard Joey Baker this weekend and he left campus with an offer. The 2019 rising star plays high school hoops for Trinity Christian Academy in Fayetteville, N.C.
Baker is already a productive player at his age, meaning he will only get better as he matures. At 6-7 he can shoot over smaller defenders via the pull up jumper or he can launch the three point shot with the best of them.
He understands spacing at an early age and how to maintain good motion on the offensive end. He is considered the best player in the state of North Carolina in his class and is a consensus 5 star rated player in national rankings.
— Joey Baker (@Joey_bvker) September 30, 2017
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.
Standing in at a long 6-6, wing standout Nassir Little is garnering monster attention on the recruiting trail. Little is a part of the Class of 2018 who plays for Orlando Christian Prep and his game is standing out on the circuit. He is a consensus top 30 player in the country who is multi talented and has his eyes on the NBA one day.
What you see when scouting Little is energy and effort. He is strong for a wing and can hit the glass and finish over smaller defenders. He has a high motor and good body control but still needs to polish up his game.
Duke is showing interest in Little and he is returning that.
Nassir, you are blowing up. Some people are calling you the most recruited player in the country. Is that true? And if so, describe the process at the moment.
I do think that. That I am the most recruited player in the country at this time and it is a good problem to have.
You have had a lot of schools show interest in you for a long time now. Among those are Miami, Kansas, Georgia Tech, Florida and Arizona. Are they the leaders in your recruitment?
Ummm, there a lot of schools that have been there for a long time with me, but I cannot state that they are the forerunners right now. The process is still open with other schools coming in.
Describe your game in your own words or give me a scouting report on yourself.
I think I am a very versatile player with good skills...a good rebounder, good defender and good shooter with high energy. That is what everybody seems to like about my game. I think I'm coachable as well with good conditioning.
Who in your circle will help you make your ultimate collegiate decision on where to play basketball?
My parents and my AAU coach.
I understand a lot of other schools are getting into the mix. Have any other schools been calling you of late?
Duke, North Carolina, Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon, Ohio State, just a lot of new schools as well.
You mentioned Duke. What do you think about them?
Coach (Nate) James called me. Duke has been on me pretty hard as of late. They have been feeling me out getting to know me and guaging my interest. They're trying to show that they have interest and are making sure I know. They think I am a versatile wing and they are looking for one in this class. I have watched and like some of the players who've played there.
Does it hurt that they are getting in later than the other schools on your list?
So, you are still pretty much wide open right now...
Yes sir, I am.
Any visits planned?
Not really just yet, but Georgia Tech soon.
Josh Pastner has been on you pretty hard. What do you think about their school?
I like them a lot and are familiar with them. They've let me now that they will continue to make a really strong effort towards me, They want me to be the centerpiece of their class.
Are there any players on the circuit you would like to play with or does it matter?
There are some good point guards out there. It is important to play with some good point guards. (He mentioned two, but the names were inaudible due to static.)
What are you looking for in a coach and in a school?
In a coach, somebody who that when they are dealing with me are honest who will not pump you up too much in the good times but who will in the rough times lift you up. As for a college...a school with good academics and a program that likes to get out in transition.
A guy or your talent likely had so little downtime away from basketball. But when you do, what do you do with it?
I watch TV and play video games. I play the piano.
Yeah, a lot of people don't know about that but I am pretty musically inclined. I play the saxophone as well. I get that from my Dad, he played so I picked it up.
Where did you learn the game of basketball from?
Just..it just kind of cam so nowhere in particular. When I was growing up, I just balled when I could. I liked the game but my parents never pushed it on me. They have allowed me to make my own choices.
Well, I know you are thankful to have parents like that. So, where would you like to see yourself in three or four years?
In the NBA. No doubt.
Is it important that you go to a school with success of getting players to the pros?
It is not the main thing I am looking for but it is a good thing, so...
So, just to recap...you are still very open in the process and listening to a lot of schools. Is that correct?
Well I appreciate your time and wish you luck in your endeavors.
Note - He had some more to say that was hard to decipher from phone static about Duke. It is clear that he is open to them and this kid is a big time talent and a solid young man to boot. Stay tuned.