Potential Duke basketball recruiting target admires Jon Scheyer

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) /

An elite recruit seems to believe in the next Duke basketball head coach.

During an interview with On3 national recruiting insider Joe Tipton this week, John Paul II (Texas) five-star Liam McNeeley noted growing interest from the Duke basketball staff. And it sounds as if the 6-foot-7, 190-pound point forward, who ranks No. 16 on the 2024 Rivals 150, hopes to learn more about the Blue Devils following a recent chat with head coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer:

“Just the history of that school and the winning mentality that they have, it’s a blueblood. I’ve talked to Coach Scheyer, and he’s a great guy.”

McNeeley continued, speaking directly about the success he anticipates seeing from Duke with Scheyer at the helm:

“He’s obviously going to be a great coach after [Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski] because he’s learned from Coach K, one of the best college coaches of all time. I’m looking forward to watching him coach his first year as a head coach at Duke [next season], so I’m excited to see what he can do.”

A growing list of suitors for the Duke basketball recruiting prospect

Liam McNeeley, whose college-hoops pedigree spans multiple generations, reiterated to Joe Tipton that he “definitely” wants to soon make a trip from Texas to Durham to check out what all the Blue Devils have to offer. In other words, the mutual interest between McNeeley and Duke appears legit.

ALSO READ: Duke recruiting prospect trying to schedule a visit

According to his On3 recruiting profile, McNeeley holds roughly a dozen scholarship offers. All of them are from high-major programs. The list of suitors includes the likes of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, and Stanford.

Thus far, the Duke Blue Devils have extended an offer to only one player among the current high school sophomores: Gill St. Bernard’s (N.J.) five-star small forward Naasir Cunningham, who sits atop the 2024 Rivals 150.

Next. Giant Duke signee posts ginormous double-double. dark

Stay tuned to Ball Durham for more on the Blue Devils’ potential pursuit of Liam McNeeley, plus other Duke basketball recruiting news and views.