Duke basketball: Top target in Class of 2024 trims list to 5 schools

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The top Class of 2024 recruit for the Duke basketball program has narrowed his list. 

Jon Scheyer has been quiet in the Class of 2024 after landing a total of 12 prospects in 2022 and 2023 since being named as the Duke basketball head coach.

The Blue Devils did land a 13th commitment since the 35-year old took over the program from Class of 2024 sharpshooter Darren Harris but the rest of the recruiting front has been fairly dormant.

However, the biggest prize in the class for the Blue Devils remains five-star guard Dylan Harper.

Harper has dazzled this season for Don Bosco Prep (NJ) by averaging 25.6 points per game and increased his stock to where he is considered the best prospect in the state of New Jersey regardless of class.

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The 247Sports Composite Rankings lists the 6-foot-4 guard as the No. 4 player in his class and he has officially trimmed his list to five schools; Duke, Auburn, Kansas, Rutgers, and Indiana.

“Duke stands out to me because they show you what the brotherhood truly means,” Harper told Joe Tipton of On3.

“It’s a great environment and has a great fan base. The staff really shows you how great of a culture it is.”

Dylan Harper was sitting courtside at Madison Square Garden when Duke topped Iowa in the Jimmy V Classic in early December and took an official visit to Durham in late October after landing the coveted Blue Devil offer in August.

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Many consider the race for the services of Dylan Harper a two team battle between Duke and Rutgers after his brother, Ron Harper Jr., stared for the Scarlet Knights before making the leap to the professional ranks.

“What I really like about Rutgers is the bond that they are building over there,” Harper continued to Tipton.

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“The staff is building a family and a brotherhood that I really like and am interested in.”

Rutgers head coach Steve Pikell landed the program’s first ever five-star prospect in Class of 2024 small forward Airious ‘Ace’ Bailey.

Bailey is ranked as the No. 7 player in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.

There is no future timetable yet for a potential commitment from Dylan Harper.

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