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Duke Recruiting: Patrick Baldwin Intel

An interesting perspective on where his recruitment may be heading

Column Greenstein
Hamilton’s Patrick Baldwin Jr. plays against Evanston in the E-Town Showdown at Northwestern’s Welsh-Ryan Arena on Feb. 8, 2020.
Brian O’Mahoney/Pioneer Press/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

As we mention from time to time, we like to see recruiting news from other sites that follow other teams because they are less inclined to be giddy about Duke’s chances.

So with that in mind, check out this story from, where Blake Cockrum first quotes Rival’s Eric Bossi, who thinks that Patrick Baldwin will ultimately choose between playing for his father at Milwaukee or Duke and then says this:

“So, while Bossi notes that North Carolina, Kentucky and Northwestern are still in the race for Baldwin, he’s definitely not putting odds on any one of the trio. It’s Duke and Milwaukee that he’s handicapped as the clear frontrunners in Baldwin’s recruitment, and I agree with him wholeheartedly. And although I think it will be a neck and neck battle until a commitment is made, I believe the Blue Devils will win out over Milwaukee, where his father is the head coach.“

Don’t start ordering championship T-shirts just yet, but the idea of having Patrick Baldwin, Paolo Banchero and AJ Griffith in the same front court probably has Coach K diagramming plays in his sleep.

Okay, probably not; he’s always very focused on the here and now.

Fans though?

Yeah. We can start dreaming, if only a bit.

And even if he opts for Milwaukee, at least UNC and Kentucky will be left feeling, well, blue.