Is the Duke basketball program a secure wager to complete with the highest 2021 haul?
In the mean time, per 247Sports, the 2021 Duke basketball recruiting class ranks solely No. 22 within the nation,
No, the “22” isn’t a typo. Sure, regardless of pledges from the No. 3 and No. 6 prospects on the 247Sports 2021 Composite in energy ahead Paolo Banchero and small ahead AJ Griffin, respectively, the Blue Devils nonetheless have loads of floor to make up within the eyes of a rating that clearly values amount way over high quality.
But in keeping with an article on Monday from 247Sports insider Eric Bossi, there stays a clear and quite possible path for Duke to complete above all of the competitors:
“The Blue Devils solely have a two-man class thus far, however five-star ahead Paolo Banchero and five-star wing AJ Griffin are each heavy hitters who’ve the ability, positional measurement, and athleticism to make instant impacts and must be thought-about potential one-and-done gamers.”
Bossi continued by alluding to the Duke basketball employees’s edge contained in the 247Sports Crystal Ball for 2021’s No. 1 prize, a 6-foot-10, 205-pound silky small ahead and famend sharpshooter out of Wisconsin:
“Mike Krzyzewski and the Devils seem like one of many favorites for [Patrick Baldwin Jr.], which might give the category an enormous enhance. Add any of the others on the board, and so they could also be robust to beat for the highest spot.”
Others on the Duke basketball radar proper now additionally occur to be five-stars: small ahead Caleb Houstan, who ranks No. 8 and is all the way down to Alabama, Duke, Michigan, and Virginia; taking pictures guard Trevor Keels, who ranks No. 16 and is all the way down to Duke, Villanova, and Virginia; plus heart Charles Bediako, who ranks No. 23 and is all the way down to Alabama, Duke, Michigan, Ohio State, and Texas.
None of these three targets have specified a precise time for making remaining choices, however all three have hinted at announcement dates arriving between now and the tip of the November signing interval. And of these three, it appears Coach K and his assistants stand the perfect shot to land Keels, a high-IQ sniper with adequate versatility to play as much as three positions in faculty.
Keels alone wouldn’t be sufficient to bump the Duke basketball class to No. 1
Plugging Keels into the 247Sports class calculator for the Blue Devils nonetheless leaves the category with solely a 65.88 score, which might at present rank No. 2, behind Florida State’s rating of 66.19 (from 4 commits, consisting of two five-stars, one four-star, and one three-star).
That stated, as issues stand, with the intention to go the Seminoles, all it will take for the Duke basketball recruiters is to safe a pledge from Keels plus any three-star or larger. Additionally value noting, even when they had been to unexpectedly reel in Houstan reasonably than Keels, they’d nonetheless want yet one more piece to rank No. 1 in the interim.
Granted, there are nonetheless roughly six months earlier than the late signing interval. So a number of colleges would appear to have ample time remaining to spring up the leaderboard. Bossi should have thought-about this when additionally laying out potential paths to the highest spot ultimately for Alabama (at present No. 13), Kentucky (No. 58), Villanova (No. 2), and naturally, Florida State.
Take note, although, that greater than 75 p.c of the highest 100 prospects have already chosen locations, which means the alternatives for any class to spice up its rating are dwindling (and at a document tempo).
If Coach Ok and his bunch do handle to prevail within the 2021 class rankings, it will mark their fifth time doing so since 2014.
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