The Duke Blue Devils unofficial start to the basketball season is their annual Countdown to Craziness event in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
While the event is designed to introduce the Cameron Crazies to the 2019-20 version of the team, it is also a time when key recruits and or prospects attend.
This year is no different where Duke will be entertaining 2020 center Hunter Dickinson of DeMatha High for his official visit. Duke seeks a verbal commitment from Dickinson and Mark Williams who will visit later this month to round out what could be a seven-player class.
Dickinson has been linked to Michigan which got a verbal commitment from Isiah Todd yesterday who is a power forward from North Carolina. His official visit begins today where he will be on campus early for the festivities.
Three 2020 players who have already given Duke a verbal commitment will attend the event as well. PG Jeremy Roach will come down from Virginia to join the last two Duke commitments, Henry Coleman and Jaemyn Brakefield for the festivities.
Roach was a former teammate of Hunter Dickinson and he will surely be in his ear as will the other players which form the Class of 2020. Roach was the first prospect to commit to the Blue Devils and he, along with Jalen Johnson has been active in recruiting teammates.
The Blue Devils staff has also secured visits from two 2021 studs. Big man Paolo Banchero will be making his first trip to Durham. Banchero has been on the Duke radar and every other blue blood program since his stellar play during the summer circuit.
Another consensus top ten rated player AJ Griffin, a small forward out of New York will also be in attendance. Much like Banchero, Griffin is a physically mature player who will thrive at the college level even if it is for a single season.
There may be a few other young or local players attending as well and Blue Devil Nation will keep you posted on further developments.
Duke currently has the top-rated class for 2020 with the aforementioned Brakefield, Coleman, Johnson, and Roach. The other prospect on board is Chicago combo guard, DJ Steward.
Countdown to Craziness starts in just a few hours now where the doors open at 6:00 but there will be festivities in K-Ville around 4:00. The Blue-White game will finish things off starting around 8:30.
The Duke men's basketball staff is wasting no time with their recruitment of 2020 center Hunter Dickinson. The Blue Devils recent offer is being followed by an in-home visit where the staff will get to know the key prospect and his family.
Dickinson announced his offer on twitter this past Friday. The DeMatha Catholic prospect stands 7'2 and weighs in around 250 pounds plays where former Blue Devil Danny Ferry starred in high school. Another former Duke standout, Quinn Cook played at the program as well before transferring to Oak Hill for his senior season.
The latest Blue Devil offer went out after Walker Kessler elected to go to North Carolina. Dickinson had been on the Duke radar for some time and now has a chance to develop his skills under Mike Krzyzewski in Durham.
Dickinson played for Team Takeover, an AAU program on the Nike EYBL circuit. That program has had great success over the years teaching their player how to develop within a team concept.
The Blue Devils are now moving to get Dickison on campus in October or early November at the latest. Duke looked at several big man prospects when a scholarship became available and came to the conclusion that Dickinson was the best fit.
Duke currently has an offer out to another big man in Mark Williams who is the teammate of committed prospect Jalen Johnson, his teammate at IMG Academy. Williams is the brother of famed Duke women's standout Elizabeth Williams.
The Blue Devils also have a standing offer to Zaire Williams who is a west coast stud prospect. Duke needs to sign a large class where they are once again faced with mass losses to the NBA.
The Duke class currently consists of a point guard, in Jeremy Roach and the aforementioned small forward Jalen Johnson, the first two players to pledge their service. Duke later added talented swing guard DJ Steward and most recently got a pledge from hard-working Henry Coleman, a power forward out of Virginia.
Dickinson holds several offers which include Michigan where he visited earlier this month. Ten other ACC schools have offered Dickinson who has had multiple suitors.
Should Duke land Dickinson, he would be one of the few big men on the teams' roster. Duke will lose senior captains Javin DeLaurier and Jack White after the coming season. And the Blue Devils will also lose freshmen studs Matthew Hurt and Vernon Carey Jr. as early entrants to the NBA draft.
Duke has two staff members in Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith who can share with the Dickinson family how much similarly sized Brian Zoubek meant to the program. Those three guys were a part of the 2010 national championship team.
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The Duke Blue Devils have formerly offered 2020 center4-star center Hunter Dickinson. The DeMatha Catholic product tweeted the latest news just moments ago. He goes to the same high school where former Blue Devils Quinn Cook and Danny Ferry attended, More to come. Join Blue Devil Nation during our one-year special.