Tariq Sbiet (@Tariq_NPH) broke news this weekend that Duke has begun to raise their interest in 2015 post, Chris Egi. Egi is currently ranked as the #1 Canadian prospect in the 2015 class, a claim that used to hold little meaning but, with the recent renaissance of Canadian basketball, should now be held in high regard.
The 6’9″ athletic freak will transfer to Montverde Academy this season (alongside fellow Duke target Ben Simmons) to work on his defense and and fundamentals. There is no doubt, through this highlight video, the kid knows how to play above the rim but reports indicate he is still a bit raw offensively.
Still, he is being heavily recruited by the likes of Washington, Stanford, Harvard, and, now, Northwestern, in addition to the peak in interest by the Duke coaching coterie. Some of those names look familiar? Dawkins, Amaker, and Collins are all hot on the trail for the academically inclined uber-prospect. However, Duke holds firm in the lead.
According to this realGM article, Egi is quoted as saying “If I could pick any school in the world, it would probably be Duke. That would be a dream come true.”
From a roster perspective, Egi is considering reclassifying to the 2014 class. In my opinion, it would be better for Duke if Egi stayed in the 2015 class to maximize eligibility as his freshman year he would be buried on the depth chart. Still, in 2015, Egi would have the option of getting significant playing time backing up Amile Jefferson and Marshall Plumlee, then taking over the starting role as a sophomore.
From simply his highlight tape, he reminds me of Casey Sanders at the same age. Wiry, springy, a knack for finishing; it was only in college that Sanders gained more notoriety for his hands of stone. Of course, in 1999, Sanders was considered a better prospect than Joe Johnson, Samuel Dalembert, and Mike Dunleavy.
Egi has more promise at the moment and, with a season or two at Montverde under his belt, will be much more capable of assuming a prominent role in Duke basketball’s future.