Another Duke basketball commit wins gold medal with Team USA

Duke basketball commit Sean Stewart
Duke basketball commit Sean Stewart /

Another Duke basketball commit won a gold medal with Team USA this summer. 

It has been an outstanding summer for future Duke basketball players as two commits have won gold medals.

Class of 2023 four-star shooting guard Jared McCain first won a gold medal in mid-June at the FIBA U18 Americas Championship with Team USA after averaging 11.2 points per game in the event.

Now, his future teammate, Sean Stewart, also has a gold medal around his neck.

Stewart, a five-star power forward, cruised to victory with USA Basketball at the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup with a gold medal victory over Spain, the host country for the event.

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The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 7.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 1.1 steals, and 1.3 blocks per game for Team USA over the course of its seven-game excursion while shooting 46.3-percent from the floor and 73.3-percent from the free throw line.

Sean Stewart and Jared McCain join forces to create the top-ranked recruiting class of the Blue Devils in 2023 alongside five-star forward Mackenzie Mgbacko and five-star point guard Caleb Foster.

Team USA defeated Lebanon, Slovenia, and Mail in the group stage before toppling Egypt, Serbia, Lithuania, and Spain in the knockout rounds.

Duke basketball recruiting targets demonstrate elite talent level

Sean Stewart was the only official future Blue Devil in the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup but several other Duke recruits took the floor with Team USA.

Ian Jackson, Cooper Flagg, and Johnuel ‘Boogie’ Fland all took the floor and displayed their unique abilities in the world championship as Jackson, the No. 2 player in the Class of 2024, led the way with 11.9 points per contest on 54.5-percent shooting from the floor and 45.0-percent from 3-point range.

Jackson, the Cardinal Hayes (NY) standout, does not have an official offer from Duke but there is mutual interest between the two sides.

Much like Ian Jackson, Boogie Fland also does not hold a Blue Devil offer but has been in contact with Jon Scheyer after college coaches were allowed to directly contact Class of 2024 prospects.

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Fland, the No. 13 player in 2024, posted 4.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per contest and connected on 40.7-percent from the field and 38.9-percent from deep.

Copper Flagg, a Class of 2025 prospect, does hold a Duke offer and lived up to the hype surrounding him with 9.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.4 steals, and 2.9 blocks per game in the World Cup.

There are no individual player rankings on 247Sports for the Class of 2025 but Flagg will surely find himself inside the Top-5 when the list is initially debuted after shooting 41.5-percent from the field and 42.9-percent from 3-point land.

Duke will have firece competition for all three players but the Blue Devils are on the right path for looking to land its first commitments in the Class of 2024 and 2025.

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