As basketball fans know, recruiting never ends and new talents are always just over the horizon.
As David Thompson of the Fayetteville paper points out here, Duke has had a Top Five class for the last eight years. And next year?
Well, here are some names to watch:
- Dariq Whitehead: a 6-6 forward currently at Monterde, he is on record as an admirer of Coach K and will be visiting Durham early in June.
- Jalen Duren: a 6-10/230 lb. forward also at Monteverde and currently seen as the #1 center in the class of 2022. Drawing big interest of course from ACC rival Miami, among others.
- Mark Mitchell: a 6-8 forward from Kansas, he’ll be in town on June 28th for a visit. Obviously Kansas can be expected to be a major player and he’ll be a Big 12 target generally.
- Dereck Lively II: a 7-1 big man, he plays at the same school Cam Reddish did, Westtown School in Pennsylvania.
- Jazion Gortman: a slim 6-1 point guard, Wake Forest is also keen on him as is Florida State.
- Nick Smith: a 6-5 shooting guard from Arkansas, it may be tough to get him away from the Razorbacks, but as his profile as risen he’s looking at more schools.