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Duke Recruiting: Trevon Duval Update

No, not about his decision, but about how he’s more important than Kevin Knox.

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High School Basketball: 40th Annual McDonald's All-American Games
Mar 29, 2017; Chicago, IL, USA; McDonald's High School All-American players Kevin Knox II (23) and Brian "Tugs" Bowen II (20) and Trevon Duval (1) and Brandon McCoy (44) and Mohamed Bamba and MJ Walker who are all undecided for a choice of college pose for a group photo before the 40th Annual McDonald's High School All-American Game at the United Center. 
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The N&O has an article up on how Duke needs Trevon Duval more than Kevin Knox. Probably true. Duke has done a lot with guys like Knox in the last few years but Coach K thrives with a good point guard and Duke could use one. Plus he’d have a fast car to drive in Cameron and by all reports he’s a pretty good driver.

Still that kind of leaves us wondering: why did Knox pick Kentucky? That class is loaded.

Look who UK is bringing besides Knox. This is according to ESPN; feel free to disregard the rankings. Hit the links for HT/WT:

  • PJ Washington - #3 PF
  • Nick Richards - #5 C
  • Jarred Vanderbilt - #5 PF
  • Quade Green - #5 PG
  • Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - #9 PG
  • Jemari Baker - #16 SG

Hamidou Diallo, a 6-5 wing, is in the draft but could still return though that appears to be increasingly unlikely.

Wenyen Gabriel is back as is Sacha Killeya-Jones and, we think, Tai Wynyard.

Knox’s dad spoke to aseaofblue.com and told them why Knox ultimately picked Kentucky: because he could be the next Malik Monk.

Monk, as you will remember, had some spectacular outbursts last season. He’s a very gifted offensive player.

He’s also a guard and, at 6-9, that’s what Calipari told the Knoxes Kevin would be.

He’s good enough to do it.

Over at 247sports.com though Jerry Myer says this: “First and foremost, Calipari is recruiting talent, he’s not recruiting positions. He’s acquiring the best assets and then saying ‘We’ll figure it out when they get here.’”

That’s fine and Knox is one of the best he has but not everyone is going to be happy. Based on everything we’ve learned here, we’d expect a backcourt of Green and Knox, but as Meyer says, Calipari hasn’t yet put the pieces together. So no one has any guarantees, least of all with such a young team.

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