Duke basketball: Top-20 recruit eliminates Blue Devils from contention

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

The Duke basketball program is no longer in the running for a Top-20 recruit.  

Jon Scheyer is trying to add to the top ranked recruiting class in 2023 but the Duke basketball program will not be in contention for five-star forward Xavier Booker.

Booker, the No. 17 player in the On3 consensus recruiting rankings, announced his Top-10 finalists on Monday night and left out the Blue Devils after landing an offer from the program on May 28.

Oregon, Purdue, Cincinnati, Gonzaga, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Auburn, Michigan State, Michigan, and Indiana made the cut for the Cathedral Prep (Ind.) standout.

Duke currently has commitments from five-star forward Mackenzie Mgbacko, five-star guard Caleb Foster, five-star forward Sean Stewart, and five-star guard Jared McCain in the Class of 2023 while the program remains heavily involved with four-star center JP Estrella.

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In addition to Duke, Memphis, USC, Texas, Louisville, Kansas, and Miami were the prominent programs that were cut from contention by Xavier Booker.

The Blue Devils also recently offered four-star wing TJ Power and four-star forward Andrej Stojakovic.

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Xavier Booker appeared to be favoring Duke at one point in his recruitment but did not take a visit to Durham after the Blue Devils shifted its focus to other players in the class.

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Michigan State is the current heavy favorite to land the Indianapolis, Indiana native as the Spartans currently hold the only 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction for the forward and On3 has Tom Izzo’s team as an 80.3-percent favorite to land Booker.

Duke and Jon Scheyer continue to search the rest of the available pool of recruits to try and add to its top ranked recruiting class as the Kentucky Wildcats close in on the Blue Devils for the top spot with three five-star prospects committed to its program in 2023.

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