Duke basketball signees have had enough of recruiting rankings

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The incoming Duke basketball signees are ready to get on the floor and prove that recruiting rankings mean nothing after the latest updates from various sites.

A lot of stock is put into recruiting rankings and which schools get the top players, and rightly so, but the six Duke basketball incoming freshmen have had enough of these rankings.

The final Class of 2020 rankings were updated on 247 Sports Composite Rankings and ESPN this past week, and the highest-ranked Blue Devil, Jalen Johnson, is not pleased with his placement and is going to use that to motivate him once he gets to Durham.

Johnson, ranked as the No. 11 recruit according to the 247 Sports Composite and No. 12 by ESPN, is seemingly getting punished for the cloud that surrounded his senior season in high school, transferring from IMG Academy back to Nicolet High School.

The 6-foot-8 wing took to Twitter to show his displeasure with the rankings, and his future Blue Devils joined in on their newfound motivation.

Incoming guard DJ Steward agreed with Johnson’s thoughts and also had some inspiration of his own, implying that he’s ready to work for all that he will earn in his basketball career.


Steward is ranked at No. 24 by 247 Sports and No. 23 by ESPN.

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Mark Williams, the man that will man the paint for the Blue Devils next season, also showed some displeasure with his ranking (No. 29 according to 247 Sports and ESPN).


While point guard Jeremy Roach, the 247 Sports No. 21 ranked recruit and No. 18 ESPN recruit, and Jaemyn Brakefield, ranked No. 38 by 247 and No. 28 by ESPN, did not reply or interact with Johnson’s tweet, the lowest-ranked Duke recruit by both outlets did.

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Henry Coleman, the 6-foot-8 power forward who is ranked as the No. 44 recruit according to 247 Sports and No. 51 by ESPN, is ready to prove the doubters wrong once he steps foot on campus.

Clearly recruiting rankings do not matter as the 247 Sports Composite Rankings had former National Player of the Year Zion Williamson at No. 5 behind his Duke teammates, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish, as well as North Carolina Nassir Little and Oregon’s Bol Bol.

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