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Duke Hoops Signs Talented Class


DURHAM, N.C. –
 Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has announced the signing of six future Blue Devils during the NCAA's early-signing period. The class is ranked No. 2 according to ESPN, which would give Duke's signing classes a top-two ranking in each of the last seven seasons.

Jaemyn BrakefieldHenry Coleman III, Jalen Johnson, Jeremy Roach, D.J. Steward and Mark Williams will enter the Duke program for the 2020-21 season. Duke's previous top-ranked classes in the ESPN 100 came in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2018, while the 2016 and 2019 classes were ranked No. 2.

Jaemyn Brakefield – 6-8 – 215 – Forward – Jackson, Miss. – Huntington Prep (W.Va.)

  • A five-star power forward
  • Ranked as the No. 23 overall player in ESPN 100's rankings for the class of 2020
  • Ranked as the No. 1 player in the state of West Virginia and the No. 5 player at his position in the ESPN 100
  • Played for Team Phenom University in the EYBL with fellow Duke signee Jalen Johnson and averaged 15.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists last summer with two double-doubles
  • Committed to Duke on October 4, 2019
  • Chose the Blue Devils over Louisville, Michigan and Auburn, among others

Henry Coleman III – 6-7 – 210 – Forward – Richmond, Va. – Trinity Episcopal School

  • A four-star power forward
  • Ranked as the No. 42 player overall in ESPN 100's rankings for the class of 2020
  • Also ranked as the No. 5 player in the state of Virginia and the No. 8 at his position in the ESPN 100
  • Averaged 18.2 points and 6.4 rebounds this past summer on the Nike EYBL circuit for Team Loaded
  • Is senior class president at Trinity Episcopal School
  • Committed to Duke on September 27, 2019
  • Chose the Blue Devils over Michigan, NC State, Virginia Tech and Ohio State, among others

Jalen Johnson – 6-8 – 215 – Forward – Glendale, Wisc. – IMG Academy (Fla.)

  • A five-star small forward
  • Ranked as the No. 4 overall player in ESPN 100's rankings for the class of 2020
  • Ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida and No. 1 at his position in the ESPN 100
  • Led Nicolet HS in Glendale, Wisc., to a state championship last season before transferring to IMG Academy for his senior campaign
  • Played for Team Phenom University in the EYBL with fellow Duke signee Jaemyn Brakefield and averaged 17.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists last summer with five double-doubles
  • Committed to Duke on July 4, 2019
  • Chose the Blue Devils over Arizona, Kentucky and Wisconsin, among others

Jeremy Roach – 6-2 – 180 – Guard – Leesburg, Va. – Paul VI HS

  • A five-star point guard
  • Ranked as the No. 15 player overall in ESPN 100's ranking for the class of 2020
  • Also ranked second in the state of Virginia and ranked third overall at his position in the ESPN 100
  • Missed his junior season of high school (ACL)
  • Played for Team Takeover in the Nike EYBL and averaged 6.6 points and 3.1 assists in the summer of 2018
  • Has won a pair of gold medals with USA Basketball – at the 2017 FIBA Americas U-16 and the 2018 FIBA U-17 World Cup
  • Was the starting point guard for the U-17 team and averaged 6.4 points and 2.7 assists
  • The first five-star player in the class of 2020 to announce his commitment, committing to Duke on May 8, 2019
  • Chose the Blue Devils over Kentucky, North Carolina and Villanova, among others

D.J. Steward – 6-3 – 175 – Guard – Chicago, Ill. – Whitney Young HS

  • A five-star combo guard
  • Ranked as the No. 26 player overall in ESPN 100's ranking for the class of 2020
  • Also ranked second in the state of Illinois and ranked seventh overall at his position in the ESPN 100
  • Averaged 24.1 points and shot 41 percent from three-point range in the summer of 2019 for Team MeanStreets on the Nike EYBL circuit
  • Attended the same high school as former Blue Devil Jahlil Okafor
  • Committed to Duke on September 18, 2019
  • Chose the Blue Devils over North Carolina, Louisville, Indiana and Texas, among others

Mark Williams – 7-0 – 230 – Center – Norfolk, Va. – IMG Academy (Fla.)

  • A four-star center
  • Ranked as the No. 30 overall player in ESPN 100's rankings for the class of 202
  • Ranked No. 4 in the state of Florida and as the No. 5 center in the ESPN 100
  • Played three years at Norfolk Academy before transferring to IMG Academy for his senior season
  • On the Nike EYBL circuit, played for Team Boo Williams and averaged 14.8 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game, while shooting 64 percent from the field
  • Improved his numbers to 23.5 points, 12.0 rebounds and 76 percent shooting at the Peach Jam
  • His older sister, Elizabeth, played for Duke from 2011-15 and now plays for the WNBA's Atlanta Dream
  • Committed to Duke on November 2, 2019
  • Chose the Blue Devils over UCLA and Michigan, among others.

Duke Basketball Recruiting Update Posted

Who will the next Duke commitment be? More on the recruiting front in our latest in-depth update.

We love doing recruiting updates at Blue Devil Nation but only after we have good information.  Our latest offering is 2304 words of what is going on with 2020 class and how things should play out.  After the exciting commitment from DJ Steward, Duke now has three players for 2020, but the staff is far from finished.

Who will be the next player to commit?  Where does Duke stand with key prospects?  When are they visiting and who else is in play for their services?  I try to answer those questions to clear the picture on the Blue Devils hoops future.

Be sure to take advantage of our one-year special, which is 60 bucks for the year in the link above.  I have been covering Duke since Coach K stepped on campus and that allows Blue Devil Nation to offer a unique perspective on the program which is set to get things underway for the upcoming season.

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Busy September for Duke Has Walker Kessler on Campus

If you haven't noticed already, Septemeber is a big recruiting month for Duke Basketball.  Last weekend, the Blue Devils entertained Virginia power forward Henry Coleman.

This weekend, Duke will host top-rated big man and long-time target Walker Kessler.  The 6-10 prospect plays for Woodburn Academy in Fairburn, Georgia.

The Blue Devils have had the Kessler family on campus before but this time they hope to close the deal on a much-needed body.

Duke is expected to lose almost all of their frontcourt players after this coming season and there is a need for multiple prospects who can anchor the baseline.

The Blue Devils have already secured the services of Jalen Johnson and Jeremy Roach, but the desire is to land commitments from several more players.

Duke will entertain Virginia big man Mark Williams in November.  He's the brother of former Duke standout Elizabeth Williams.  The fast-rising big man will be playing alongside Jalen Johnson after transferring to IMG Academy.

The Blue Devils are in the process of setting up a visit with Chicago scorer DJ Steward.  Duke is all in on Steward who has been getting several offers since early summer.

Duke has also entered the Ziaire Williams race to stay which we mentioned a few weeks back to Blue Devil Nation members.  That said, join Blue Devil Nation Premium during our 60 bucks for one year special and get straight talk on where we think Duke stands with the aforementioned recruits.

While the players listed head the list, there are some other possibilities which could come into play.  But make no mistake, Duke wants every prospect on this shortlist of players they want to become a part of the brotherhood.

What is Duke getting in Jalen Johnson?

Jalen Johnson Duke

There were fireworks early in the day on the 4th of July for the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball program.  The Blue Devils landed Jalen Johnson, a 6-8, 215 pounds small forward formerly played for Sun Prarie, Wisconsin and now plays for Nicolet in Glendale.

Johnson is ranked the 4th best player in his class by ESPN and the top rated small forward in his class.  Johnson joins Jeremy Roach giving Duke two five-star players in the class to date.

So, what are the Blue Devils getting in Jalen Johnson?  Well, during the recent NBAPA Top 100 players camp in Charlottesville I beamed in on the prospect for an extended amount of time.

This is no knock on the many other prospects which were at the late June event, but Johnson was the one player I wanted most after watching him play.

It took a very short time before I realized that Johnson had a special skill set in many areas of the game.  In fact, beyond the usual need to be a more consistent shooter, I saw few weaknesses compared to his strength -- versatility.

Johnson does everything well.  He is a smart basketball player having a nose for the ball when it is not in his hands.    While he thinks on the court, he does not overdo it, meaning he is cerebral yet reactive.

Smooth movement with the ball helps Johnson have a vast array of offensive weapons.  He can create his own shot or drain short-range and long-range shots.

Johnson is a good defender as well and can turn it up the court and take it rim to rim for the bucket.  His unselfishness has helped him to become a good facilitator with the ball as well,

Despite being listed as a small forward, Johnson has a solid body which will help him with the physicality fo the college game.    Of course, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski plays position less basketball and Johnson should thrive in the Blue Devils system.

Duke is in the running for several other players in Johnson's class and his addition should be a plus.  His court vision and perhaps his only knock which is over sharing the ball or trying to create for others make him a desirable teammate,

Johnson picked Duke over Kentucky and others but the Blue Devils led for a bit now.  It was good news when Johnson decided to pull the trigger yesterday releasing a video with his intent to play basketball in Durham.

Like many other prospects, Johnson played for the USA Basketball system.  Johnson is destined to be a stat-stuffer at the college level with his ability to score, distribute and hit the boards.

BOTTOM LINE - Solid recruit for Duke which by committing early will allow them to turn their attention to other talented prospects.  A well rounded, high upside player who will need to continue to improve his shot to reach his full potential which is considerable.  Look for him to start working other prospects with future teammate Jeremy Roach by the upcoming Nike Peach Jam.

 

Jalen Johnson Cuts List, Talks Recruiting

Jalen Johnson is a coveted Duke prospect.

Big time prospect Jalen Johnson has cut his list of schools and remains open in his recruitment with many thinking Duke and Kentucky are at the top of his list.  Blue Devil Nation caught up with the talented young player during the NBAPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va. this past weekend.  Check out what he had to say as a member during our one year for a six-month price on the message board.