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.
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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.
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.
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.