Blue Cain has a fitting name and game to land on the Duke basketball radar.
He’s unrated, without a ranking on the 247Sports 2023 Composite. That said, Blue Cain, who hails from Knoxville, Tenn., is the type of potential long-term perimeter weapon the Duke basketball staff should be keeping an eye out for on the recruiting trail these days.
And given the reason for Cain’s first name, one would think the Blue Devils could become an immediate frontrunner in the race. This week, after continuing an impressive summer with B Maze Elite (Md.) on the Under Armour Association circuit, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard explained the meaning behind his given name during a chat with SI recruiting insider Jason Jordan:
“My dad [Chris] played golf at Duke. He always said he’d call his son Blue, and that’s where that came from.”
But despite his ties to the prestigious university in Durham and increasing interest from a few other ACC schools — an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech is on tap this weekend following his offer last month from the Hokies — Cain has yet to hear from any of the Duke basketball coaches.
Still, as Cain continues to demand more attention via his calculated moves on the court, he isn’t counting out the possibility of a future offer from his dad’s alma mater:
“Anybody would be happy to hear from Duke. I mean, it’s Duke. We’ll see what happens.”
High praise for the ‘destined’ Duke basketball prospect
If nothing else, as B Maze Elite founder Bobby Maze suggested to Jordan, Blue Cain is far from complacent, always willing to put in the necessary hours to hone his craft and earn more respect from the scouts:
“Blue is one of the most talented, hardworking players in the nation. His life is basketball. He lives in the gym, and he has a positive attitude. He can really handle the ball and has crafty finishes with a lethal variety of Euro-step moves. I believe he’s the most underrated player in the country.”
Plenty to like from that assessment — not to mention Cain’s “Blue” beginnings.
Currently, no 2023 recruits have committed to the Blue Devils. Yet four players from the class are holding Duke offers. Notice all four boast five-star ratings: point guard Caleb Foster, small forward JJ Taylor, small forward Mackenzie Mgbako, and power forward Greg Jackson.