There’s a promising prospect from Boston who grew up a Duke basketball fan.
Surely, the Duke basketball coaches will eventually ramp up recruiting efforts with the 2022 class. After all, considering that their 2021 signees thus far, Paolo Banchero and AJ Griffin, are top-shelf five-stars, Mike Krzyzewski and his assistants will almost certainly need to fill at least those two vacancies after what are projected to be one-and-done campaigns for both forwards.
Fortunately for the slow-going staff in Durham — the only blueblood yet to extend any offers to current high school juniors — another top-tier 2022 talent has claimed that his childhood “dream school” lies in Durham.
While speaking this week to Joseph Tipton of Tipton Edits, Brewster Academy (N.H.) point guard Dasonte Bowen mentioned that the primary reason for his Duke basketball fandom as a kid is his favorite player was former Blue Devil Kyrie Irving.
Bowen, a 6-foot-3 aggressive four-star who recently transferred from Worcester Academy (Mass.) and then fell from No. 63 to No. 118 overall on the 247Sports 2022 Composite, also explained to Tipton his love for the sport and described his primary strength:
“My game would be like a shot-creating playmaker. I can create shots for myself at the rim or outside while making plays for my teammates…The game of basketball to me is really like breathing. It’s a getaway when I need one…It means so much to me because it’s where I can express myself the most and can give life-changing opportunities just by doing what I love.”
Programs that Duke basketball would have to beat out if it joined the race
Dasonte Bowen holds roughly a dozen offers and has not put out a list of favorites. He did, however, tell Tipton Edits that Arkansas, Iowa, Miami, Michigan, Rutgers, and Virginia Tech are the schools that reach out to him the most often these days.
As for what Bowen is looking for in a college destination, he noted his desire to win:
“Bringing in top talent with me would be ideal just because I do aspire to get a national championship under my belt.”
Well, along with iSchool Entrepreneurial Academy (Texas) five-star Keyonte George, Dasonte Bowen makes at least two touted 2022 guards who have expressed a liking for the Blue Devils. Now, we will just have to wait for Coach K and his gang to finally decide which guys from the class they like the most.
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