Duke basketball looking to add to loaded 2023 recruiting class

Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

A Class of 2023 prospect feels good about where he stands with the Duke basketball program. 

There is not another school that has a better 2023 recruiting class than Jon Scheyer and the Duke basketball program, and the Blue Devils are not done yet.

JP Estrella, a 6-foot-11 center from Maine, has been impressing multiple head coaches around the country this spring, and Scheyer is one of them.

Syracuse is one of the schools coming after the big man the hardest, but Duke is lurking, he told Mike McAllister of Sports Illustrated.

The Blue Devils have not officially offered the center, who will be transferring to prep school powerhouse Brewster Academy for next season.

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JP Estrella is not currently ranked by the premier recruiting outlet, 247Sports. Still, he holds offers from Syracuse, Tennessee, Providence, Iowa, Boston College, Xavier, Marquette, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Wake Forest, Maryland, Illinois, Miami, UConn, and Creighton, among others.

Estrella’s mother played college basketball at Boston College. He told Sports Illustrated that he is leaning on her a lot as he goes through the recruiting process.

“I want to be able to see my friends from college all the time. I want a good education and I want good basketball. Those are the only three things that I really want,” Estrella said.

Duke basketball would have room for big man despite loaded class

The Blue Devils landed Dereck Lively, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2022, but the center is almost destined to be a one-and-done in Durham, opening up a spot at center in the Class of 2023.

Duke also has Christian Reeves committed in 2022, and a redshirt season in 2022-23 is possible for the Oak Hill Academy (Va.) product.

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However, Jon Scheyer landed Northwestern transfer Ryan Young, a 6-foot-10 center, last week in an effort to bolster the depth of the Blue Devil frontcourt, and JP Estrella seems to be another depth piece in the Class of 2023.

Duke has already received commitments from five-star point guard Caleb Foster, five-star combo guard Tyrese Proctor, five-star small forward Mackenzie Mgbacko, five-star power forward Sean Stewart, and four-star shooting guard Jared McCain.