Duke Basketball: Visit suggests Coach K prioritizes 2020 SG B.J. Boston

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Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski wasted little time on the opening day of the open recruitment period exhibiting what seems to be a sign of favoritism for one 2020 target.

If nothing else, Duke basketball target B.J. Boston should now recognize which program covets his future services the most.

The five-star 2020 shooting guard from Atlanta and his family hosted the college game’s all-time winningest coach in their home on Thursday, according to a tweet from Rivals’ Corey Evans. And the visit came shortly after the noon start time for the spring’s open recruitment period.

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So it appears Mike Krzyzewski fully recognizes the importance of convincing Boston to remain a Blue Devil in college (the Blue Devil is also the mascot for his Norcross High School, where current Duke guard Jordan Goldwire also attended).

And it also appears the basketball gods may have reused a mold of a former one-and-done Blue Devil when creating Boston. Not only is his given first name the same as Brandon Ingram, but his game and frame — though he lacks an inch or two in height on Ingram — also spark memories of the high school version of the eventual second overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Like Ingram, the 6-foot-7, 175-pound Boston, who has a wingspan about five inches greater than his height and ranks No. 9 on the 247Sports Composite for his class, possesses supreme handles and the understanding of how to take advantage of his slender frame when slithering his way to the basket.

His first step is lightning, long, and lethal.

Furthermore, Boston — easily recognizable by his baby face — sports a shooting stroke that points to a healthy addiction to smelling the insides of gyms:

With no 2020 prospects yet to choose the Blue Devils, Boston’s potential commitment — he has not specified when he will make a decision but has hinted Duke, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, and Kentucky are the early favorites — could act as an ideal kickstart to Duke’s 2020 class.

Besides the obvious benefits from his talent, the friendships he has formed during his time with USA Basketball could benefit the Blue Devils in the form of other 2020 prospects following him to Durham.

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With only a handful of players between current Blue Devils and incoming 2019 recruits likely to be on the 2020-21 roster, the Duke staff could certainly use all the help it can get to haul in what needs to be an ocean-deep 2020 class.

Boston took an official visit to Duke the weekend of Countdown to Craziness last October. He has held an offer from the Blue Devils for almost a year.

He also took official visits to Alabama, Auburn, and Florida in the closing months of 2018; more recently, he took an unofficial visit to Kentucky (the Wildcats were late to the race but may prove to be the Blue Devils’ toughest competition).

The 247Sports Crystal Ball only shows a future of Boston as a Blue Devil, though only four experts to date have entered predictions.

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