Duke Basketball: Future Blue Devils shine in Nike Hoops Summit

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The Nike Hoops Summit took place over the weekend and the Duke Basketball program seems to be in very good hands with the performance of some future Blue Devils.

The future is officially here as the 2018-19 season is over and decisions are being made about who will return to Duke for the 2019-20 season or who will enter the 2019 NBA Draft.

However, what there is no doubt about is that Duke will be in some very capable hands next season with the star freshmen that will be coming to Durham.

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As the best incoming freshmen flocked to Portland, Oregon for the Nike Hoops Summit, there were two future Blue Devils on display and one potential recruit in action also.

Duke commit Vernon Carey Jr. started for Team USA, while commit Wendell Moore Jr. came off the bench.

Potential Blue Devil commit, Matthew Hurt, also came off the bench in the showcase for Team USA.

Vernon Carey Jr. has been battling injuries for the better part of the second half of his season. He hurt his ankle in the Florida State High School Playoffs and did not play in the McDonald’s All-American Game in order to rest his injury so he could play in the GEICO Nationals.

Carey Jr. did play in the GEICO Nationals but towards the end of his school’s first and only game, Carey appeared to get injured again and did not return to the final four minutes of action.

On Friday night, Vernon Carey Jr. only played just over four minutes, only scoring two points which came at the free throw line.

Wendell Moore Jr. also had an injury scare this week at the Nike Hoops Summit as he had to leave one of the practices after twisting his ankle but the injury proved to not be serious as Moore logged just under 24 minutes on Friday night.

In those minutes, Moore showed off all the positive aspects of his game, ending the night with 13 points, five rebounds, and two assists. Moore was 5-of-9 from the field, missing his lone 3-point attempt, and making all three of his shots from the free throw line.

As for Hurt, Duke seems to be the favorite for him and in just under 15 minutes of action, he scored seven points, four rebounds, and an assist while making 3-of-6 from the field and 1-of-3 from 3-point range.

Hurt’s father just shut down his recruitment and Matthew is schedule to announce his decision on Friday, April 19.

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The next time Duke fans can see these recruits in action is in the Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday, April 20, from Las Vegas.

Duke commits Vernon Carey Jr., Wendell Moore Jr., and Boogie Ellis are all listed on the roster, while Hurt is not scheduled to play, but another potential Blue Devil commit is in Cassius Stanley.