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