Duke Basketball: Anthony Harris will announce college choice on Tuesday

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Is it possible the Duke basketball coaches will be picking up their first 2019 commitment on Tuesday?

Anthony Harris, a four-star guard in the 2019 class and recent visitor with the Duke basketball program, is reportedly ready to announce his college choice; he will do so on Tuesday at 3 p.m. EST, according to a tweet on Monday night from Evan Daniels of 247Sports.

Update: More than an hour after the news broke and was posted here at Ball Durham, Harris tweeted a confirmation of the planned time for his announcement — his tweet came just after midnight on Tuesday — with the following message (which includes an interesting choice of emoji that could be viewed as a hint of the school he plans to pick):

"“Commitment at 3pm“"

Harris, who just returned from an official visit to Duke last weekend, ranks No. 64 overall and No. 8 among combo guards in the 2019 class on the 247Sports Composite.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound native of Fairfax, Va., is a gifted defender and solid playmaker whose game and frame appear to resemble former Blue Devils Tyler Thornton and Sean Dockery.

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Although 67 percent of the experts at 247Sports’ Crystal Ball currently predict that he will commit to the Virginia Tech Hokies — 25 percent pick Duke and eight percent are undecided — the fact that his announcement is coming just a couple of days after leaving Durham possibly suggests that some good news (the Blue Devils need it) could soon enter the ear of head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

That being said, the Crystal Ball had Duke as the favorite — with 80 percent — at this same time a week ago just after it was first announced that Harris would be taking an official visit to Duke. So, in the past week, several experts have switched their picks back to Virginia Tech (the Hokies had all 100 percent of the experts’ picks before Duke publicly entered the race a week ago by inviting Harris for a visit).

So there is certainly a chance that Harris will provide news that would further crush the spirits of Duke basketball fans when it comes to the Blue Devils’ 2019 class — or lack thereof.

Duke assistant coach Nate James has been leading the recruitment of Harris. However, there has yet to be any official announcement that the Blue Devils have offered him a scholarship. But Harris did post a tweet on Monday with photos of himself wearing a Duke jersey — that is basically the standard, though, for recruits to do following an official visit — and the following words:

"“Thank you to the coaches and players at duke for a great official visit #notcommitted … decision time”"

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Despite his tweet, it is possible the Duke coaches did not extend him an offer and have no intention to do so; if that is the case, he could be moving forward by picking another school. Fans will just have to wait and see. Harris holds offers from more than a dozen schools, including Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

If Harris does commit to Duke, he would become the first to do so from the 2019 class.

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