Duke basketball extends offer to fast rising 2023 big man

Duke basketball recruiting prospect Xavier Booker (USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball recruiting prospect Xavier Booker (USA TODAY Sports) /

The Duke basketball team has extended an offer to a rising prospect in the Class of 2023. 

After months of contact and interest, the Duke basketball team has finally extended an offer to 2023 big man Xavier Booker.

Booker has been quickly rising up the recruiting rankings, as the four-star recruit has landed as the No. 77 overall prospect in the junior class, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

The 6-foot-10 forward from Cathedral High School (Ind.) is the No. 3 prospect in his home state and the No. 15 power forward, according to the premier recruiting service.

Since March, Booker has racked in offers from Michigan, Missouri, Creighton, Miami (FL), Kansas, Louisville, and Texas after initially having scholarships to Michigan State, Butler, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, LSU, Notre Dame, and Ohio State.

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Jon Scheyer has been looking to add a center to its loaded 2023 class after landing the top two centers in the Class of 2022 — Dereck Lively II and Kyle Filipowski — both of which will be one-and-done in Durham.

The Blue Devils have added developmental and depth pieces in its front court this offseason behind Lively and Filipowski but none seem equipped to seize the starting position after the star freshmen depart.

Duke basketball not resting on laurels in Class of 2023

Jon Scheyer has the No. 1 ranked recruiting class in 2022 and 2023 but knows the program needs another prospect to fully round out his second recruiting class as the head coach of the Duke Blue Devils.

The 34-year old has landed five-star power forward Mackenzie Mgbacko, four-star power forward Sean Stewart, five-star point guard Caleb Foster, five-star point guard Tyrese Proctor, and four-star shooting guard Jared McCain in the Class of 2023.

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Xavier Booker was also a Top-17 finalist for the 2022 United States of America U18 National Team.

Booker has not provided a timetable on a final decision but the lengthy prospect will likely be in no rush to commit as his stock continues to rise around the country.

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