Duke basketball: Jon Scheyer makes surprising recruiting offer

Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /

The Duke basketball program handed out a surprising offer on Thursday afternoon. 

It appeared as if the Duke basketball program was winding down its efforts in the 2023 recruiting class.

The Blue Devils are heavily involved with four-star forward Xavier Booker and four-star center JP Estrella and the program has kicked the tires on recently decommitted five-star forward Mookie Cook despite not extending an offer.

However, four-star forward TJ Power tweeted on Thursday afternoon that he has been extended an offer by Jon Scheyer after the two connected on a phone call earlier in the day.

Power, a 6-foot-8 small forward, is ranked as the No. 65 player in the Class of 2023, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, No. 13 power forward in his class, and No. 1 player in the state of Massachusetts.

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The Worcester Academy (Mass.) standout blew up in recruiting circles after being named as the Offensive MVP of the Kansas City Nike EYBL circuit last weekend where is averaged 23.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game on 42.2-percent shooting from the floor.

TJ Power has already taken official visits to Iowa, Notre Dame and Virginia and got a glimpse at Boston College on an unofficial visit, however, his recruitment has blown up over the last week after earning offers from Kanas, North Carolina, UCLA, and the Blue Devils.

Power told Eric Bossi of 247Sports that he is planning visits to Indiana and Wake Forest as well.

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TJ Power also told Eric Bossi that he is interested in playing college baseball, in addition to college basketball, if possible.

The most recognizable Duke player to take the court in basketball and the diamond in baseball was the legendary Dick Groat.

Groat was the first player ever to have his number retired in Cameron Indoor Stadium and earned All-America honors in Durham in both sports in 1951 and 1952 while averaging 23.0 points per game in his Blue Devil career.

The Pennsylvania native opted to play baseball in his professional career and it was the correct choice as he was an eight-time All-Star and won two World Series, with the Pittsburgh Pirates (1960) and St. Louis Cardinals (1964), in his career.

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Groat was also the National League MVP in 1960 with the Pirates and played one year in the NBA after being the No. 3 overall pick in the 1952 NBA Draft by the Fort Wayne Pistons.

Jon Scheyer might need some help from Duke baseball head coach Chris Pollard on landing another coveted prospect.

The Blue Devils already have the top ranked recruiting class in 2023 which is comprised of five-star forward Mackenzie Mgbacko, five-star guard Caleb Foster, five-star forward Sean Stewart, and four-star guard Jared McCain.

TJ Power told Eric Bossi that he hopes to make a decision on his future before his senior season on the court begins but he is not in any rush.

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