Duke basketball recruit: ‘We’re going to be just like Zion and RJ’

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A future Duke basketball player envisions plenty of thrills in Durham.

Duke basketball pledge Caleb Foster seems to have extremely high hopes for the 2023 class as he acts as a behind-the-scenes recruiter for the Duke Blue Devils. Speaking to 247Sports national recruiting insider Travis Branham this week, the five-star point guard out of Oak Hill (Va.) noted a couple of peers he’s building a relationship with and then delivered a rather ambitious prediction:

“Definitely [undecided five-star small forward Mackenzie Mgbako] and I are building one with [undecided five-star shooting guard Jared Mccain]. We’re going to be just like Zion [Williamson] and RJ [Barrett]. We will come in and be the No. 1 recruiting class and win a lot of games.”

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Already, as ended up being the case with Zion, RJ, & Friends in 2018, the 2023 Duke class sits No. 1 on the 247Sports Team Rankings. Thus far, the Blue Devils boast early commitments from Foster and four-star power forward Sean Stewart, who rank No. 9 and No. 33, respectively, on the 247Sports 2023 Composite.

Meanwhile, Mgbako and Mccain, both of whom the 247Sports Crystal Ball see favoring the Blue Devils at this juncture, rank No. 3 and No. 24 overall in the class.

Duke basketball sooner rather than later?

Caleb Foster also told Travis Branham that he “can’t wait to get on campus.” And on that note, the 6-foot-5, 190-pound versatile backcourt weapon addressed the growing talk regarding his potential reclass to 2022, a decision he plans to weigh with the help of Duke basketball head coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer:

“It’s a possibility, but I am not really focused on that right now. Me and Coach Scheyer decided that we will wait until the season is over, and we will see and make a decision then…I have to get physically ready for it, mentally ready for it, and the depth chart, see who is still there.”

When the time comes, one would think that Foster will be paying the most attention to the stay-or-go decisions of current Blue Devil sophomore point guard Jeremy Roach and freshman shooting guard Trevor Keels.

Duke enjoys the top spot on the 247Sports Team Rankings for 2022 with six commitments altogether, including four of the five-star variety.

So whichever class Foster chooses, there’s a strong chance it will resemble the Zion and RJ bunch, at least in the rankings.

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