One recent Duke basketball visitor sure looks happy in a Blue Devil jersey.
Duke basketball head coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer is riding a recruiting high. At the moment, there’s zero indication that the charismatic 34-year-old will ever come down from it.
Because Scheyer and his crew already have three 2022 pledges in hand — all coming within the past five weeks — they should have more free time to pursue 2023 studs. And one look right now at all these Instagram pics from Mackenzie Mgbako suggests the staff took full advantage of its extra time last week in hosting the Gill St. Bernard’s School (N.J.) five-star:
Crystal Ball beginning to paint a lavish Duke basketball recruiting class
Glancing at the 247Sports Crystal Ball, things look promising for Scheyer’s chances at reeling in Mgbako, a 6-foot-8, 185-pound small forward who sits at No. 6 on the 247Sports 2023 Composite. Each of the two entered predictions to date popped up in the past few days. They point to the Duke Blue Devils coming out on top.
Furthermore, the lone Rivals FutureCast prediction shows Duke leading the Mgbako chase.
Meanwhile, predictions also continue to pile up in Duke’s favor regarding another five-star high school junior, Oak Hill (Va.) point guard Caleb Foster.
Between the Crystal Ball and FutureCast for Foster, who ranks No. 12 overall among his peers, all 11 predictions to date give the edge to Scheyer & Co.
The 6-foot-5, 190-pound silky speedster was in Durham alongside Mgbako. Plus, remember that Foster happens to be an admitted lifelong Blue Devil enthusiast.
Duke has extended offers to two other 2023 recruits: Ridge View (S.C.) five-star power forward Greg Jackson and Kenwood (Ill.) five-star small forward JJ Taylor. The Crystal Ball remains empty for both of them.