Duke basketball once again falls to UNC in heated battle

Duke basketball coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Jon Scheyer (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Jon Scheyer (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Tar Heels picked up another victory over the Duke basketball program on Wednesday. 

Things have not been enjoyable for the Duke basketball program when the Blue Devils have been pinned up against the North Carolina Tar Heels over the last six weeks, and that trend continued on Wednesday afternoon.

GG Jackson, a consensus Top-10 recruit in the Class of 2023, committed to the Tar Heels over Duke, Auburn, Georgetown, South Carolina, and the G-League Ignite.

The recruiting battle came down between Duke and North Carolina, but things started to shift heavily in the favor of the Tar Heels earlier this month.

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Jackson, a 6-foot-9 power forward, was quoted as saying that the Heels would beat the Blue Devils in the Final Four and advance to win the National Championship, pretty much sealing his fate to live in Chapel Hill rather than Durham during his time in college.

Jackson is the highest-rated recruit, the No. 4 player in his class according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, to commit to North Carolina in the Hubert Davis era, joining five-star point guard Simeon Wilcher in the 2023 recruiting class for the Tar Heels.

Duke basketball still boasting best 2023 class

Despite the major commitment for North Carolina, in the Class of 2023, it is the Blue Devils who hold the top ranking in the country, according to 247Sports.

Head coach Jon Scheyer currently has five commits in the class, which features five-star small forward Mackenzie Mgbacko, the No. 2 player in the Class of 2023.

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Duke’s recruiting class also features five-star point guard Caleb Foster, five-star combo guard Tyrese Proctor, five-star power forward Sean Stewart, and four-star shooting guard Jared McCain.

However, the Tar Heels are sitting right behind their Tobacco Road rivals with the No. 2 class in 2023.

Things will continue to get more heated between the two programs as their new head coaches go head-to-head on the recruiting trail.

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