Prime Duke basketball target turns down Overtime Elite to remain in school

Duke basketball head coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Duke basketball head coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

A prime Duke basketball recruiting target turned down major money from Overtime Elite. 

It was a major news drop for a major Duke basketball recruiting target in the Class of 2023 on Wednesday morning.

Adam Zagoria of reported that Simeon Wilcher, a five-star guard, turned down a major offer from the newly formed Overtime Elite League in order to continue his high school career at Roselle Catholic High School (NJ).

The exact specifics of the league’s offer to Wilcher were not available in Zagoria’s story, but it is noted that the offer was a high six-figure deal.

Simeon Wilcher is ranked as the No. 11 player in the Class of 2023, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, as well as the No. 2 combo guard in the class and the No. 3 player in the state of New Jersey.

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The 6-foot-5 guard has offers from Auburn, Connecticut, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Kansas, Memphis, Miami (FL), Ohio State, Nebraska, St. John’s, and Xavier, among others.

Wilcher is also gathering interests from schools such as Duke and Kentucky, although the bluebloods have not officially extended offers to the prospect.

Roselle Catholic has already seen one of its stars, UConn commit Corey Floyd, opt to leave the Garden State early to reclassify and enroll with the Huskies for this upcoming season.

Simeon Wilcher’s brother, CJ, transferred from Xavier to Nebraska this offseason.

Duke basketball has begun recruiting Class of 2023 prospects

Head coach in-waiting Jon Scheyer has deviated from the recruiting philosophies of his mentor Mike Krzyzewski as he has already dished out four offers to Class of 2023 recruits.

Scheyer has offered Caleb Foster (Oak Hill Academy), J.J. Taylor (Kenwood Academy), Mackenzie Mgbako (Gil St. Bernard’s School), and G.G. Jackson (Ridge View High School).

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However, Duke did reach out to Simeon Wilcher after he helped lead the NY Rens to the semifinals of the Peach Jam last month.

Jon Scheyer has landed two commitments since being named as the next head coach of the Duke Blue Devils: Kyle Filipowski and Dariq Whitehead, two Class of 2022 prospects.

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