Duke basketball recruiting: Commitments on consecutive days?

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It seems more positive Duke basketball recruiting news is about to arrive.

Wednesday saw a pair of 2023 Duke basketball recruiting targets set times for their announcements. Both are this week, taking place on back-to-back days. And the Blue Devils have a shot to emerge victorious in each battle.

First up, NBA Global Academy (Australia) point guard Tyrese Proctor will reveal his decision at 6 p.m. ET Thursday. According to On3 recruiting insider Joe Tipton, the 6-foot-4, 170-pound natural facilitator will choose between Duke, Arizona, and the NBA G League.

The first three predictions popped up inside the 247Sports Crystal Ball for Proctor on Wednesday morning. They suggest that Duke is squarely in the driver’s seat.

Due to Proctor’s international status, he does not appear on the 247Sports 2023 Composite. But he’d likely hold a five-star rating if he attended school in the United States.

Now, although Proctor already turned 18 years old on April Fools’ Day, it’s worth noting he recently confirmed that he has no plans to reclass to 2022.

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Gill St. Bernard’s (N.J.) small forward Mackenzie Mgbako, who ranks No. 3 overall on the 247Sports 2023 Composite, tweeted that he will announce his college destination at 9 p.m. ET Friday.

The 6-foot-8, 200-pound versatile five-star named four finalists earlier this week: Duke, Kentucky, Memphis, and Ohio State. All seven Crystal Ball picks currently favor the Blue Devils to come out on top for Mgbako’s services.

At No. 1 on the 247Sports 2023 Team Rankings, Duke already boasts three commits from the class in Oak Hill (Va.) five-star point guard Caleb Foster, Centennial (Calif.) five-star shooting guard Jared McCain, and Windermere (Fla.) four-star power forward Sean Stewart.

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