Duke basketball: Mackenzie Mgbako announces Top-2, sets decision date

Former Duke basketball signee Mackenzie Mgbako (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images)
Former Duke basketball signee Mackenzie Mgbako (Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images) /

Former Duke basketball signee Mackenzie Mgbako has set a commitment date. 

After decommitting  from the Duke basketball program on April 11, two more traditional college basketball powerhouses await the decision from 5-star wing Mackenzie Mgbako.

Mgabko trimmed his list down to two schools, Kansas and Indiana, and will make his decision on Friday.

The Roselle Catholic (NJ) superstar had over 50 schools reach out to him immediately after he requested his release from his National Letter of Intent from the Blue Devils but narrowed his choices to four schools, his two finalists plus St. John’s and Louisville.

Louisville was the perceived favorite to land the McDonald’s All-American immediately after be became a free agent because of his relationship with Nolan Smith.

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Smith, during his time at Duke, was one of the lead recruiters for Mgbako before leaving to join Kenny Payne’s staff with the Cardinals.

However, Louisville was scheduled last for a visit from the 6-foot-8 forward but it has since been canceled.

Mackenzie Mgbako received an in-home visit from Hall of Famer, and new St. John’s head coach, Rick Pitino before visiting the campus in Queens to begin his tour which was followed by trips to Kansas and Indiana.

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Mackenzie Mgbako is ranked as the No. 8 player in the Class of 2023, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, as well as the No. 2 power forward in the country and the No. 3 player to come out of the state of New Jersey this season.

Kansas is the perceived favorite to land Mgbako.

Duke still holds the No. 2 recruiting class in the country without Mgbako because of the four 5-star prospects, Caleb Foster, Jared McCain, TJ Power, and Sean Stewart, that Jon Scheyer will welcome to Durham this summer.

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Kansas’ recruiting class is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation which is currently led by 5-star point guard Elmarko Jackson.

The Jayhawks recently landed a commitment from All-American Michigan transfer Hunter Dickinson.

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