Five 2022 prospects on the Duke basketball radar have made a rankings jump.
The Duke basketball coaches must still be squarely focused on giving some five-star company in their 2021 class to the program’s lone commit among rising high school seniors, Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.) five-star small forward AJ Griffin.
While every other blueblood has officially joined at least one 2022 race — heck, the No. 1 prize in the class, Lincoln (Mich.) small forward Emoni Bates, has already pledged to Michigan State — that offer sheet of Mike Krzyzewski and his assistants remains blank. Well, to be fair, Coach K did extend one to Montverde Academy (Fla.) small forward Caleb Houstan weeks before the five-star announced on Friday his reclass to 2021.
Outside of Houstan, the staff in Durham has at least been wise enough not to ignore the crop of rising juniors altogether. In fact, the Blue Devils have spoken with more than 10 of them ever since June 15, the date college coaches could begin directly contacting 2022 recruits. And a handful of those potential offer recipients appear to be on the rise in the eyes of scouts, as evidenced by one major recruiting site’s updated rankings for the class on Wednesday.
Unveiling the five risers from the smallest leap to the biggest, we start with an electric backcourt weapon who only improved one spot but who doesn’t have too much room to climb any higher, especially among his fellow point guards…