Duke basketball recruiting: 3 dynamite guards attract Blue Devils

Duke basketball coach Jon Scheyer (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)
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Potential Duke basketball recruiting target: Jamari Phillips

A few weeks back, Modesto Christian (Calif.) shooting guard Jamari Phillips told Recruits Zone that the staff in Durham is among those who have recently expressed interest in his budding game.

It’s worth noting that the 6-foot-3, 170-pound five-star, who ranks No. 15 overall on the 247Sports 2024 Composite, has already been on an unofficial visit to Duke. That trip to Tobacco Road took place months ago, per Eric Bossi of 247Sports, with Phillips also making stops at nearby UNC, NC State, and Wake Forest while in the state.

On the court, Phillips exudes confidence with the ball in his hands. He can shake defenders for an open three — of the buttery variety — via his polished handles. Or he can drive swiftly to the basket, utilizing his chiseled frame, various mid-air body contortions, and exquisite touch to finish in traffic.

Phillips should learn to capitalize on his long limbs, light feet, and large quantities of competitive juices at the other end of the floor, allowing him to create havoc for opposing perimeter weapons.

Currently, Jamari Phillips holds roughly a dozen offers. The list includes bluebloods UCLA and Kansas.