The Class of 2021 player rankings have been updated, and several Duke basketball targets saw an increase in their ranking.
As the recruiting strategies solely shift to the Class of 2021 with members of the Class of 2020 arriving on campuses around the country soon, the player rankings have been updated by the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.
The lone Blue Devil commit in the class, Adrian Griffin Jr., of Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.) is now ranked as the No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2021, as well as the No. 3 small forward, and No. 1 player in the Empire State.
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While Mike Krzyzewski has not landed a second commitment yet in the rising senior class, there are several prospects that Duke is targeting.
Patrick Baldwin Jr. of Hamilton High School (Wis.) is the No. 3 player in the class, behind Jonathan Kuminga, who is expected to reclassify to 2020 and enter the NBA G-League, and Chet Holmgren, respectively.
Baldwin Jr. is the No. 2 small forward in the class and the top player in the state of Wisconsin as Duke seems to be the current favorites to land the 6-foot-9 forward.
Right behind Patrick Baldwin Jr. is 6-foot-10 power forward Paolo Banchero as the No. 4 player in the junior class.
Banchero is a star at O’Dea High School (Wash.) and is the top power forward in his class and the best player in Washington state.
The standout big man included Duke in his Top-5 schools, but his home-state school of Washington and the Kentucky Wildcats currently seem to be the favorites to land his services.
Rolling Meadows (Ill.) shooting guard Max Christie is ranked as the No. 12 player in the country and top shooting guard and player in the state of Illinois.
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Listed at 6-foot-6, the Blue Devils also are the current favorites for Christie as the Michigan State Spartans are also rumored to be heavily in the mix for the five-star prospect.
Long-time Duke target Kennedy Chandler of Sunrise Christian (Kan.) is the No. 13 recruit in the Class of 2021 and the top point guard in his class.
Chandler, a Tennessee native, is ranked according to 247 Sports as the top player in his home state but is leaving the state to play his senior year of high school in the state of Kansas, and he would also be the top player in that state if the correct school was listed.
The point guard is a heavy lean to spend his potential only season in college in Durham.
Paul VI Catholic (Va.) shooting guard Trevor Keels was a teammate of incoming Duke freshman Jermey Roach in high school, and Keels is ranked as the No. 16 recruit in his class, No. 2 shooting guard, and No. 1 player in the state of Virginia.
Charles Bediako, originally a Canadian native, will be playing his high school ball at IMG Academy (Fla.) and is the top player from Canada in the rising junior class.
The 6-foot-11 center is the No. 20 player in the country and the No. 2 center in his class.
Duke certainly will land a few of these remaining prospects in the Class of 2021, but the question just remains of which recruits will end up in Durham.