Duke basketball: Potential top recruit talking with Blue Devils

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) /

Duke basketball appears on the verge of extending another early 2023 offer.

Montverde (Fla.) power forward Kwame Evans Jr., who currently ranks No. 2 overall on the 247Sports 2023 Composite due to his insanely long arms and all-around potential, is not one of the seven undecided prospects on the 2023 Duke basketball offer sheet.

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But seeing that the 6-foot-9, 200-pound five-star now plays alongside 2022 Duke signee Dariq Whitehead, one would think the Blue Devils could enjoy a behind-the-scenes recruiter should they extend an offer to Evans. And during his chat this week with 247Sports national recruiting insider Dushawn London, he pointed to the growing interest out of Durham:

“We’ve been talking more recently, and they’ve been coming to practices. They want me to visit too. I know them pretty well. There’s not much more to know about them right now.”

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If the Duke Blue Devils intend to officially enter the Kwame Evans Jr. sweepstakes, which consists of Kentucky plus about two dozen other suitors, they may need to do so sooner rather than later. After all, the Baltimore native also implied to London that his list of finalists is already in the works:

“I don’t know when I’ll drop my list. I have it right now, but it will probably come out soon.”

The seven 2023 talents holding a Duke basketball offer are five-star shooting guard Jared Mccain, five-star small forward Mackenzie Mgbako, five-star small forward JJ Taylor, five-star small forward Matas Buzelis, five-star small forward Taylor Bowen, five-star power forward Gregory Jackson, and four-star power forward Sean Stewart.

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Five-star point guard Caleb Foster remains the only Blue Devil pledge among this class of high school juniors.