Duke Basketball: Anthony Harris picks Hokies, Duke’s class remains empty

Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /

Anthony Harris has committed to Virginia Tech, and the Duke basketball program still has not a single commitment from a 2019 recruit.

It really doesn’t matter whether or not the Duke basketball coaches extended an offer to four-star 2019 combo guard Anthony Harris — the consensus seems to be that they did not. What matters is that Harris is not destined to be a Blue Devil, and that means the total number of 2019 prospects to commit to Duke remains at zero.

Harris, who ranks on the 247Sports Composite as the No. 64 overall prospect and No. 8 combo guard from the 2019 class, announced his decision to join the Virginia Tech program via a tweet on Tuesday afternoon that included a video ending with him in a Hokies jersey.

Although Mike Krzyzewski and his staff may not have offered Harris a scholarship, they did show some interest by welcoming him this past weekend for an official visit.

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Harris had more than a dozen offers from other schools. And just before the time of his announcement, most experts — including 83 percent of those used by the Crystal Ball — were predicting he would choose Virginia Tech.

So, score one for that ball.

But when will the Blue Devils post a score in the 2019 recruiting game?

That remains to be seen, but so far the story is not pretty for Duke. Rumors are rampant for why that is the case. But rumors are just rumors, and reality is just reality.

The reality is that Duke has so far extended 12 offers to 2019 recruits. Five of those 12 have either decided to go elsewhere or eliminated the Blue Devils from contention.

Of the seven remaining offers on the table, five-star forward Wendell Moore seems to be the most likely to be the next to make an announcement; while Duke is still considered the favorite to land Moore (87 percent of the Crystal Ball experts think that is the case), there has been a lack of news about what he is thinking — which could be cause for concern for the Blue Devils — ever since his official visit to Duke two weekends ago.

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