Three rising high school juniors warrant further Duke basketball attention.
Considering the uncertainty concerning a 2020-21 college hoops season, it’s still tough to project which positions will need filling in Durham before the start of the 2021-22 campaign, much less the year after that. Regardless, what we do know is that three key ingredients to any great Duke basketball recruiting class are strength, shooting, and speed.
Without heavy doses of each of those elements on his rosters, there’s no doubt Mike Krzyzewski would have compiled far fewer than five NCAA Tournament titles, 15 ACC Tournament crowns, and 1,084 total wins across his 40 seasons as head coach of the Blue Devils. Naturally, it’d be hard for the Duke staff to go wrong by stockpiling strong men, sharpshooters, and speedsters each and every recruiting cycle.
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And that brings us to the 2022 class. During the past five weeks since schools could start directly contacting prospects with two prep years remaining, roughly a dozen such players have heard from the Blue Devils. But the only one who has landed a Duke offer in this span is Montverde (Fla.) small forward Caleb Houstan, a five-star who announced earlier this week his reclass to 2021.
Among all the others, however, three stand out as the most tantalizing due to their standout strength, shooting, or speed. So let’s look at each, and let’s do so in ascending order of the intrigue their highlights produce…