A Duke basketball commit recently poured in a stunning triple-double.
Triple-doubles had been rare to achieve inside the Duke basketball program, but perhaps that trend is beginning to turn.
RJ Barrett and Wendell Moore are the most recent Blue Devils to post triple-doubles while in Durham. But one player, Dereck Lively II, who has not yet landed in Durham, is already posting monster numbers.
Lively, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2022, went for 19 points, 15 rebounds, 12 blocks, and five assists on Tuesday night as the Westtown School (Pa.) defeated Abington (Pa.), 77-55.
Listed at 7-foot-1 with the ability to score inside and outside, it is easy to see why so many college and professional scouts are salivating at the idea of Lively playing at the next level.
The five-star prospect was also recently named to the McDonald’s All-American Game alongside his fellow Blue Devil commits Mark Mitchell and Dariq Whitehead.
Dereck Lively recently battled Kyle Filipowski, another Duke signee, in front of Jon Scheyer, Nolan Smith, and Amile Jefferson as the two future Blue Devils showed off their array of skills and what is coming to Durham next season.
Lively also went for 22 points, 20 rebounds, four assists, and six blocks at the HoopHall Classic in Springfield, Massachusetts last week, arguably the most prestigious high school event of the season.
Duke basketball program ready for influx of more young talent
In addition to Dereck Lively, Mark Mitchell, Dariq Whitehead, and Kyle Filipowski, Jon Scheyer also brings in Jaden Schutt and Christian Reeves for his first season as the Duke head coach. The program boasts the No. 1 incoming recruiting class in the country.
Duke currently has the No. 1 recruiting class in 2022 and 2023, showing no signs of slowing down after the retirement of Mike Krzyzewski following the 2021-22 campaign.
The No. 9 Blue Devils (16-3, 6-2 ACC) return to action on Saturday afternoon (12:00 p.m., ESPN) against the Louisville Cardinals (11-9, 5-5 ACC).