Three chances to watch future Duke basketball players this weekend

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Paul VI Catholic (Va.) vs. Wasatch Academy (Utah)

Duke signee: Jeremy Roach

When: Saturday at 3 p.m.

Where: WesBanco Arena in Wheeling, W.Va.

Event: Cancer Research Clinic


Duke fans who need to ensure themselves the backcourt will still be in good hands after Tre Jones leaves — the sophomore is likely to do so after this season — should definitely tune in to see Paul VI Catholic (Va.) point guard Jeremy Roach on Saturday.

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The 6-foot-2, 180-pound five-star — who will likely start for the Blue Devils next season should Jones indeed turn pro — watched his composite ranking drop from No. 15 to No. 23 over the past year while recovering from an ACL tear in his right knee. Roach’s return for his senior season, though, has thus far been promising in that his pre-injury speed, hops, and aggressive play do not appear to have gone anywhere.

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Those who do plan to catch his team’s matchup against Wasatch Academy (Utah) — featuring four-star 2020 center Mady Sissoko, who has signed to play for Michigan State, Duke’s scheduled opponent for the Champions Classic to open the 2020-21 season — should also keep an eye on Roach’s current backcourt running mate: four-star shooting guard Trevor Keels, the most recent 2021 prospect to receive an offer from the Blue Devils.

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In addition to Roach and Jaemyn Brakefield, the program’s other four 2020 signees are Whitney Young (Ill.) five-star combo guard D.J. Steward, IMG Academy (Fla.) five-star small forward Jalen Johnson, Trinity Episcopal (Va.) four-star power forward Henry Coleman, and IMG four-star center Mark Williams. The class currently sits at No. 2 in the nation, per 247Sports, behind Kentucky.

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