Duke basketball could become player for No. 2 recruit

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Signs say Duke basketball may challenge Kentucky for another elite recruit.

Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog noted via tweet this week that two members of the Duke basketball staff paid a visit to Montverde Academy in Florida on Tuesday. Per his source, Team Durant recruiting director Dwayne Wise, five-star power forward Kwame Evans Jr. was the main reason for the appearance of Blue Devil head coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer and assistant Nolan Smith.

There are still no reports that the 6-foot-9, 200-pound junior — a Baltimore native who also goes by KJ Evans — holds a scholarship offer from the Duke Blue Devils.

That said, Evans has been on Duke’s radar for some time. The No. 2 overall prospect on the 247Sports 2023 Composite was among the group that heard from the Blue Devils in June when coaches could begin directly contacting the class. Moreover, according to Dushawn London of 247Sports, the staff from Durham was in town to see him two weeks ago.

So let’s now take a look at Evans’ on-court repertoire and then evaluate Duke’s chances should Scheyer & Co. decide to insert themselves into the growing race.