Duke basketball signee topples Kentucky commit with King watching

Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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It was a showdown at the Hoop Hall Classic on Monday afternoon between a Duke basketball signee and a Kentucky commit with LeBron James sitting courtside for the epic showdown.

Sierra Canyon is like the Duke of the high school basketball world.

The star-studded team draws a crowd wherever they go and Monday afternoon was no different at the Hoop Hall Classic, thanks to the appearance of LeBron James, who made the trip from Boston to watch his son, Bronny James.

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James Jr., a freshman, is an alleged Duke target and came off the bench but failed to score in the nationally televised game.

While Duke fans can get caught up in all the potential Blue Devils on the floor, one player on the court will be in Durham next season and he was arguably the best player on the floor.

Jeremy Roach is ranked as the No. 22 player in the Class of 2020 and based on his performance against Sierra Canyon, he is vastly underrated.

Roach finished his stellar game with 16 points, seven assists, five steals, and one turnover against the fullcourt press of Sierra Canyon.

The one issue for the future Blue Devil was his perimeter jumper not falling, but the ability to affect the game in other ways when his shot was not there was extremely impressive from the high school senior.

Paul VI, down double-digits in the first quarter, was able to defeat Sierra Canyon, 70-62.

Roach’s teammate, Trevor Keels, another Duke target in the Class of 2021, led all scorers with 24 points, including Sierra Canyon star and future Kentucky Wildcat, Brandon Boston Jr., who had 20 points but disappeared down the stretch.

Jeremy Roach will join a star-studded recruiting class in Durham next season that includes DJ Steward, Mark WilliamsJaemyn Brakefield, Henry Coleman, and Jalen Johnson, although rumors continue to swirl about his future and eligibility.

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All six players have signed with Duke and, if all players make it to Durham, the Blue Devils could have a very special season in 2020-21.