Duke basketball commit makes up mind about reclass option

Duke basketball commit Caleb Foster (USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball commit Caleb Foster (USA TODAY Sports) /

Duke basketball fans must wait another year to see Caleb Foster in Durham.

Shortly after committing back in September — the first from his class to pledge allegiance to now-head coach Jon Scheyer — Oak Hill (Va.) point guard Caleb Foster spoke about the possibility of skipping a grade to join the 2022 Duke basketball recruiting haul.

The chatter then heated up last week after the Blue Devils landed a commitment from NBA Global Academy (Australia) point guard Tyrese Proctor. This fellow 2023 five-star ranks No. 17 overall on the 247Sports 2023 Composite, only five spots behind Foster.

At the same time, Foster was busy shutting down rumors that he was considering backing out of his commitment to Duke.

Fast forward to Thursday afternoon.

According to a tweet from Phenom Hoops insider Rick Lewis, Foster’s father said his son has decided to stay put after all and arrive in Durham the season after next, presumably alongside Proctor.

Caleb Foster’s decision a sign of Duke basketball returnees?

In recent months, Caleb Foster admitted that the stay-or-go decisions of Blue Devil sophomore point guard Jeremy Roach and first-year shooting guard Trevor Keels would play a part in his reclass decision.

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With the 2021-22 team banquet in the books as of Thursday night, folks should now expect current Blue Devils to begin revealing their plans for next season. And it’s certainly reasonable to suspect that, after speaking this week to Jon Scheyer, Foster already knows a couple of those decisions, particularly concerning Roach and Keels.

In other words, Caleb Foster’s decision not to reclass to 2022 may well indicate that the 2022-23 Duke roster will include several returning players in the backcourt.

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