Duke Basketball: 2020 SG B.J. Boston likely to be a Blue Devil or Wildcat

Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

The Duke basketball coaches still appear to have the inside track to land one of the most prolific scorers in the 2020 class, but coaches of another blue-blood powerhouse appear to be up for the challenge to change that.

Although most experts have long viewed the Duke basketball program to be in the best position to snag a commitment from B.J. Boston, a familiar foe on the recruiting trail has recently made its way into the discussion by ramping up its recruiting efforts.

Kentucky offered the five-star 2020 shooting guard a scholarship last weekend at the end of his unofficial visit to Lexington. And then on Wednesday night, according to a tweet from 247Sports’ Evan Daniels, at least one member of the Wildcats’ staff was in attendance to watch Boston play.

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What this means is that Kentucky coach John Calipari is by no means conceding victory to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski in the race for the 6-foot-6, 175-pound Atlanta native.

And based on the recruiting dominance of Calipari and Krzyzewski this decade — the duo, per 247Sports, has combined to haul in the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class a remarkable 11 years straight — the other schools pursuing him the hardest (Florida, Alabama, and Auburn) may not stand a chance.

Based on the 247Sports Crystal Ball, there is a 100-percent chance — granted, only four experts have entered predictions — that Boston remains a Blue Devil in college (the mascot for his Norcross High School is also a Blue Devil).

And based on a recent article from Rivals’ Eric Bossi, there seems to be little chance he will sport a college jersey that isn’t some hue of royal blue.

"“As of today,” Bossi wrote, “I’d wager that Boston’s recruitment ultimately comes down to the Blue Devils and Wildcats.”"

Boston — he ranks No. 9 on the 247Sports Composite and has a game and frame that bear striking resemblance to the game and frame of a former one-and-done star for the Blue Devils, Brandon Ingram — holds 29 offers in total and has taken three official visits as a high school junior: to Alabama, Florida, and Duke (he was in attendance for Countdown to Craziness on Oct. 19).

The bucket manufacturer has not provided a timetable for when he will make his decision; however, if he does soon decide to join #TheBrotherhood, there is a chance a few of his buddies could soon join him — based on the relationships he has built with other five-stars.

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Other than Boston, Krzyzewski has extended an offer to five five-star 2020 recruits: small forward Jalen Johnson (ranks No. 3), small forward Scottie Barnes (ranks No. 4), combo guard R.J. Hampton (ranks No. 5), center Walker Kessler (ranks No. 16), and point guard Jeremy Roach (ranks No. 17).

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The Blue Devils have not yet received their first 2020 commitment.

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