Promising recruit has long talk with Duke basketball assistant Jon Scheyer

Duke basketball head coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Duke basketball head coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /

Potential abounds for a four-star recruit now on the Duke basketball radar.

The Duke basketball magicians are known for making new five-star talent appear in Durham each year. When it comes to the 2022 cycle, Mike Krzyzewski and his gang might have up their sleeves a trick they pull off on occasion: targeting a four-star who becomes a five-star by the time he signs.

It worked with DJ Steward, an incoming Blue Devil guard who is now a five-star prospect after jumping from No. 108 overall on the 247Sports 2020 Composite a year ago to his current No. 25 ranking.

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By reaching out on Monday to Richardson (Texas) small forward Rylan Griffen, No. 76 on the 247Sports 2022 Composite, Duke might be eyeing a similar hidden gem. Not only did Krzyzewski assign to the job his top recruiter, Jon Scheyer, but also the call was the longest of the four-star’s busy day, as the 6-foot-5, 175-pound sharpshooter noted to Stock Risers insider Jake Weingarten.

Monday was the first day that college coaches could directly contact rising juniors. Griffen, who holds a dozen offers but none from the ACC, also heard from Texas, Kansas, Illinois, Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas State, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and Arizona.

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Eric Bossi of Rivals, a site that recently bumped Griffen from No. 53 to No. 29 in the class, gave his two cents on the budding talent:

“Coming off of a season during which he averaged 22 points, five rebounds, and four assists…Rylan Griffen is one of the hottest prospects from the class of 2022. A big-time athlete who is armed with a dangerous pull-up jumper.”

Here’s what Griffen (wearing No. 3 in the above video) said to Bossi about his growth and mentality:

“I really tried to elevate my shot when people’s hands are in my face this year, and it really helped me score in multiple ways…I’m working on getting a lot stronger so I can easily get into the paint and finish…I think [coaches] should know I’ll do anything they ask me to win the game. I like to win, and it feels good winning, so I’ll do anything to make that happen.”

Duke has yet to extend offers to 2022 prospects.

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