Duke basketball: Sizing up the final five for five-star Charles Bediako

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Ranking final five for Duke basketball target Charles Bediako: Blue Devils

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What Charles Bediako said to Tipton Edits about Duke basketball: “Duke has a great program and culture; the coaching staff is great and the school itself is high on academics. They also have a one of a kind atmosphere with fans.”

Duke’s 2021 commits so far (composite ranking):

  • Five-star power forward Paolo Banchero (No. 3)
  • Five-star small forward AJ Griffin (No. 6)

Duke’s probable departures in or near the post:

  • Sophomore forward Matthew Hurt
  • Senior forward Patrick Tape

Duke’s pros and cons for Charles Bediako: Barring an NBA-caliber season from the lowest-ranked five-star on the 247Sports 2020 Composite, center Mark Williams, Duke likely wouldn’t have an immediate starting job for Bediako. Even if Williams bolts, which we may not know until after Bediako’s decision, Paolo Banchero could easily man the five-spot. Yet if the staff in Durham feels a need to ramp up its pursuit, its superb reputation with bigs in recent years could be helpful.

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