Duke Basketball: How many 2019 recruits do Blue Devils need to snag?

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Vernon Carey Jr.

Summary: Carey Jr., a 6-foot-10, 275-pound center ranked No. 2 on the composite rankings, visited Duke last weekend and attended Countdown to Craziness. He still has two official visits remaining — to Miami this weekend and to UNC the following weekend — and is eyeing a decision in November. The Florida native probably represents the Blue Devils’ best chance to land a top-10 recruit.

Crystal Ball: 50 percent for Duke

Cole Anthony

Summary: Anthony, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound combo guard ranked No. 3 on the composite rankings, has taken and scheduled visits, but not to Duke. Nearly two weeks ago, he tweeted that he had cut his list of 12 schools to an unspecified number, but he has yet to follow up on that tweet with the actual list. Although Duke was once the favorite, it now looks as if he is more likely to become a Tar Heel.

Crystal Ball: 33 percent for Duke

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Isaiah Stewart

Summary: Stewart, a 6-foot-9, 245-pound center ranked No. 5 on the composite rankings, is still allowed to take one more official visit; there was speculation earlier this week that he may visit Duke this weekend, but that has yet to be confirmed. The Blue Devils were once considered the favorite to land him, but that no longer appears to be the case.

Crystal Ball: 33 percent for Duke

Matthew Hurt

Summary: Hurt, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward ranked No. 6 on the composite rankings, has no official list, no planned official visits, and no intention to make a final decision until the spring. Coach K, along with other coaches from several other powerhouse programs, visited him and his family in their home at the beginning of September.

Crystal Ball: Zero percent for Duke

Boogie Ellis

Summary: Ellis, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound combo guard ranked No. 35 on the composite rankings, will be taking his official visit this weekend to Duke. Although the Blue Devils were the last to extend an offer to the four-star prospect, they may have entered the race in time to give themselves a serious shot. Considering all five of his official visits will be wrapped up after this weekend, expect him to announce his final choice sometime before the early signing period (Nov. 14-21).

Crystal Ball: Zero percent for Duke


Based on the Crystal Ball and the current roster outlook for the 2019-20 season, it looks like some more offers probably need to be made. The sooner the better.

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