Per one freshman, a sixth Duke basketball national title is 10 months away.
Duke basketball rookie-to-be Trevor Keels is in the midst of a busy, exciting time in his life, to say the least.
Not only did the five-star shooting guard out of Virginia unpack his bags on campus this week alongside three fellow Blue Devil newcomers in five-star power forward Paolo Banchero, five-star small forward AJ Griffin, and four-star point guard Jaylen Blakes, but he also recently took the time to speak with The Front Office recruiting experts.
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And during the chat, Keels, who ended up at No. 20 overall on the 247Sports 2021 Composite, provided a promising confident message to the Cameron Crazies:
“Y’all are gonna be happy. Y’all are gonna see. We’re gonna win a lot of games. We ain’t gonna disappoint y’all. You can throw the last season out the window. That will never happen again.”
Keels continued with his pep talk:
“And just be excited. Just make sure you’re at the games and you’re cheering because we gonna win a lot of games. And we gonna get that trophy at the end of the day. We’re gonna come home with it.”
Duke basketball revenge/farewell tour
Of course, the forgettable “last season” that Trevor Keels repeatedly referred to in the interview was a 13-11 campaign by the 2020-21 squad, which became the program’s first group since 1995 to miss out on an NCAA Tournament.
True, the 2021-22 Blue Devils return only four scholarship pieces: senior small forward Joey Baker, junior small forward Wendell Moore, sophomore point guard Jeremy Roach, and sophomore center Mark Williams. But Keels and the rest of the nation’s No. 4 class join two fifth-year grad transfers in former Marquette power forward Theo John and former Davidson power forward Bates Jones.
And there’s no doubt that Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski will do everything in his power to return his bunch to the Big Dance, in what will be his 42nd and final season in Durham before passing the baton to current associate head coach and former Blue Devil guard Jon Scheyer.
Yes, at this point, Coach K has to do that. After all, Trevor Keels’ guarantee requires at least a March Madness invite.