Duke Basketball: 2020 PG Jeremy Roach sets visit, eyes ‘early’ decision

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A potential future point guard for the Duke basketball program has decided to take an early glimpse of what it is like to be a Blue Devil.

Coaches of the nation’s most elite programs appear to be in agreement that Jeremy Roach is the point guard of choice in the 2020 class. And the Duke basketball coaches will be the first to host the five-star prospect for an official visit.

The high school junior’s visit — the only one he has yet to schedule — will start this Saturday, Oct. 13, according to Evan Daniels of 247Sports. The 6-foot-2, 165-pound playmaker from Fairfax, Va., holds offers from 10 schools, including from powerhouses Kentucky, UNC, and Villanova. The Blue Devils extended their offer to Roach on July 30.

Roach, who ranks No. 16 overall in his class and No. 1 at his position on the 247Sports Composite, has turned heads primarily because of his combination of skills that give him a label as a true point guard. As stated in a September article here at Ball Durham, his ability to finish when flying toward the basket resembles that of former Duke point guard and NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving.

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Yet Roach told Evans that he considers his strengths to be his defense and his knack for finding open teammates.

He also mentioned that he would like to decide “early” which school he will provide with his talents. Whether “early” means coaches should expect his decision to come during his junior year or by the fall signing period next year, that remains a question.

What Roach isn’t questioning, though, is the eagerness of Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and associate head coach Jon Scheyer to convince him to become a Blue Devil. According to Daniels, Roach described the recruiting efforts of those two as “very aggressive” and said they “text me a lot.”

In addition to Roach, Coach K and Co. have already extended offers to three other five-star 2020 recruits: shooting guard B.J. Boston, combo guard R.J. Hampton, and small forward Jalen Johnson. Boston and Johnson have already scheduled official visits to Duke for the weekend of Oct. 19 and are both expected to be in attendance for Countdown to Craziness.

The Blue Devils so far do not have any commitments from their targets in either the 2019 or 2020 class. However, that could change on Monday at 7 p.m. when five-star 2019 forward Wendell Moore holds his announcement ceremony from his Cox Mill High School in Concord, N.C.

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