Top plays of six incoming Duke basketball freshmen all in one

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Finally, there’s one montage highlighting the next Duke basketball rookies.

Cam Reddish wasn’t quite what most expected. Zion Williamson was far more than anyone could have asked for. Vernon Carey Jr. was pretty much right on par. Cassius Stanley was a pleasant surprise. Matthew Hurt was a bit disappointing yet still has promise. The list goes on and on, but the point is that Duke basketball fans never know the true level of ready-made talent heading to Durham each season until at least a game or two into the actual season.

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Next season, the staff welcomes yet another load of highly touted recruits. Ranking No. 3 in the nation, Duke’s class consists of six of the top 60 prospects on the 247Sports 2020 Composite:

  • Paul VI Catholic (Va.) point guard Jeremy Roach, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound five-star who ranks No. 22
  • Whitney Young (Ill.) combo guard DJ Steward, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound five-star who ranks No. 25
  • Nicolet (Wis.) small forward Jalen Johnson, a 6-foot-8, 215-pound five-star who ranks No. 11
  • Huntington Prep (W.Va.) power forward Jaemyn Brakefield, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound four-star who ranks No. 40
  • Trinity Episcopal (Va.) power forward Henry Coleman, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound four-star who ranks No. 51
  • IMG Academy (Fla.) center Mark Williams, a 7-foot-1, 225-pound four-star who ranks No. 27

The all-in-one, 11-minute look at the 2020 Duke basketball recruiting class

At long last, as of Saturday, a single YouTube video exists that puts faces on all of the above names. Sure, you could always search for them individually, but putting them all together makes for a smoother viewing experience while also providing a few extra goosebumps by showcasing the soon-to-be Blue Devils as a package:

Courtesy of the SLAM HIGHLIGHTS channel, Dukies can now judge for themselves above, all at once, which guys should outplay their prep rankings, which ones could produce exactly as their rankings imply, and which rooks might struggle to find minutes upon arrival.

Again, though, none of us will know for sure if we’re right or wrong about Roach, Steward, Johnson, Brakefield, Coleman, or Williams at least until Duke officially debuts against Michigan State at the Champions Classic in Chicago on Nov. 10 (assuming the season happens as scheduled).

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