Duke basketball recruiting: Elite wing sparking curiosity

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Duke basketball seems to be working on making a future recruiting wishlist.

The Duke basketball recruiters may be months away from extending any offers to 2024 prospects. Even so, their interests in the class are growing more apparent, especially this past week as countless young high schoolers divulged behind-the-scenes information about their college suitors to the media at various holiday prep tournaments across the country.

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One such interviewed player is four-star wing Trentyn Flowers out of Huntington Prep (W.Va.), which produced a recent Duke basketball outbound transfer in former four-star recruit Jaemyn Brakefield.

At the Chick-fil-A Classic in South Carolina on Thursday, the 6-foot-8, 190-pound sophomore detailed his recruitment to SI.com national recruiting insider Jason Jordan. Flowers, who sits No. 33 overall on the 2024 Rivals 150 Prospect Ranking and already holds offers from more than a dozen high-majors, said interest is now rising from Duke, Gonzaga, Kentucky, UCLA, and UNC.

A potential match for the Duke basketball program

As for a timeline to his decision, well, Trentyn Flowers explained to Jason Jordan that he’s taking a slow, calculated approach to finding an ideal fit:

“I’m not rushing anything; I just want to be in the best situation in the end. I’m more comfortable running the show and getting my teammates involved. I can put up the numbers, but I love to get my teammates involved and bring the energy on both ends. I just want to win wherever I end up; that’s the biggest thing.”

Although not quite as refined at this stage in his development, Flowers’ lengthy frame, smooth shooting stroke, keen court awareness, and overall versatility from the arc to the basket bring to mind former Blue Devil one-and-done and current New Orleans Pelicans star Brandon Ingram.

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In other words, whether it materializes or not, Trentyn Flowers looks worthy of an offer from the Duke Blue Devils.