Duke basketball quietly makes Top-5 finalists for five-star recruit

Duke basketball recruiting prospect Naas Cunningham (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball recruiting prospect Naas Cunningham (Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Duke basketball program quietly made the Top-5 finalists for a five-star prospect. 

Things have been very quiet surrounding Duke basketball recruiting target Naas Cunningham since he opted to play the rest of his high school career with Overtime Elite.

Cunningham became the first player to be on a scholarship at Overtime Elite instead of accepting a salary in order to maintain his college eligibility and he moved one step closer to finding his next home.

The five-star Class of 2024 prospect revealed his Top-5 finalists to On3 which include Duke, Memphis, Rutgers, Kansas, and UCLA.

Naas Cunningham previously attended Gill St. Bernard’s (NJ), the former school of 2023 Duke commit Mackenzie Mgbako before his transfer to Roselle Catholic (NJ).

Listed as a 6-foot-7 small forward, Cunningham is listed as the No. 3 player in the Class of 2024, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, as well as the top player at his position.

The West Orange, New Jersey native would also be ranked as the top player in the Garden State, ahead of Duke priority recruit Dylan Harper, should he still play his high school ball in his home state.

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Naas Cunningham has already taken unofficial visits to Duke, Rutgers, and UCLA while he has another unofficial visit to Memphis scheduled next week, according to On3.

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Duke already has a commitment from four-star small forward Darren Harris in the Class of 2024 while Dylan Harper remains the top remaining target for the Blue Devils on the recruiting trail, regardless of class.

Blue Devil head coach Jon Scheyer and assistant coach Jai Lucas traveled to New Jersey to watch Harper on Tuesday night.

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Harper told On3 in August that he and Naas Cunningham have talked about teaming up in college but neither is ready to solidify those plans yet, however, the two prospects both have Duke, Rutgers, and Kansas in its Top-5.

Naas Cunningham told On3 that he is no where close to a commitment despite unveiling his five finalists.

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