The rumors regarding Duke basketball’s three remaining 2021 targets

Duke basketball recruiting target Patrick Baldwin Jr. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball recruiting target Patrick Baldwin Jr. (Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports) /

What’s the latest chatter on Duke basketball’s efforts with the 2021 class?

Despite some forecasts from recruiting gurus in early November that projected at least one of the three remaining Duke basketball targets to come off the board by the end of the early signing period for the 2021 class (Nov. 11-18), the week came and went without any member of the trio announcing a decision.

However, the signing period was far from a bust for the Blue Devils. Mike Krzyzewski and his staff secured signatures from their two prior pledges among current high school seniors in O’Dea (Wash.) power forward Paolo Banchero and Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.) small forward AJ Griffin, five-stars who rank No. 3 and No. 6, respectively, on the 247Sports 2021 Composite.

But with the desire to land at least another five-star prize or two from the class, the Blue Devils will just have to continue their pursuits of the three premier targets who have been on their radar for roughly a year or more.

So where do the Duke basketball coaches currently stand with Hamilton (Wis.) five-star small forward Patrick Baldwin Jr., Paul VI (Va.) five-star shooting guard Trevor Keels, and IMG (Fla.) five-star center Charles Bediako? And when might Baldwin Jr., Keels, and Bediako put an end to the recruiting process by choosing a college destination?

Well, let’s examine all three races, one at a time, including a look at the most recent intel from insiders. We’ll also provide the current predictions here for each…