Getting an offer from Duke is always a big deal, but when you’re not really well known nationally, it’s even more so.
Jaden Schutt, a 6-5 guard from Yorkville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, as we discussed the other day, hasn’t gotten a lot of attention because Covid shut everything down for a year and he didn’t get a chance to show what he could do and no one could hype him up.
The Duke offer changed things though. He has gotten some pretty high-level offers but when Duke, or Kentucky for that matter, makes an offer to a lesser-known player, he doesn’t stay lesser known for long.
“Schutt has always been underrated nationally, mostly due to not being seen by national evaluators because of the Covid shutdown...Schutt, the state’s No. 2 prospect who continues to push Young’s AJ Casey for the top spot, is a gifted shooter. But ironically, it wasn’t Schutt’s three-point shooting that opened eyes this past weekend in Under Armour Association play...there is no question Schutt is an elite, space-the-floor shooter..But it was his ability to score in multiple ways, showcasing a higher level of athleticism and impacting the game in a different fashion that solidified his status.”
What we like, from what he have learned so far, is that Schutt seems really driven. That part of him reminds us a bit of Steve Wojciechowski, Kyle Singler and Lance Thomas, former Blue Devils who absolutely maximized their talents.