Duke basketball on verge of yet another top-ranked class

Duke basketball head coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball head coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Duke basketball staff appears in line for yet another recruiting prize.

A 2023 Duke basketball recruiting target, Sean Stewart, plans to announce his college destination on Thursday afternoon. The 6-foot-8, 210-pound solid four-star out of Windermere (Fla.) will do so at 4:15 p.m. ET on Instagram Live with On3 recruiting insider Joe Tipton.

And judging by both the 247Sports Crystal Ball and Rivals FutureCast for Stewart, it looks as if the Duke Blue Devils are all but a lock to be the winner for the assertive power forward’s services. His other seven finalists, which he named in mid-November, are Georgetown, Harvard, Howard, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio State, and Stanford.

Stewart ranks No. 33 overall on the 247Sports 2023 Composite, meaning he is on the cusp of earning a five-star rating. He received an offer from the Blue Devils during a visit to Duke in early November.

A practically unbeatable Duke basketball recruiting team

Assuming Sean Stewart indeed picks Duke, the Blue Devils would move into the No. 1 spot on the 247Sports 2023 Team Rankings. They would do so despite holding only one previous commitment from a high school junior in Oak Hill (Va.) five-star point guard Caleb Foster, who ranks No. 9 overall among his peers.

ALSO READ: Duke pledge Caleb Foster is considering a possible reclass

The addition of Stewart would simultaneously give Duke head coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer and his gang the top-ranked hauls on both the 2022 and 2023 recruiting trails.

Next. Predicting every Duke win and loss this season. dark

Meanwhile, according to 247Sports, the Duke Blue Devils still have offers on the table to six others in the class beyond Sean Stewart. They are five-star shooting guard Jared Mccain, five-star small forward Matas Buzelis, five-star small forward Mackenzie Mgbako, five-star small forward Taylor Bowen, five-star small forward JJ Taylor, and five-star power forward GG Jackson.