Duke basketball lands major prediction for final piece to roster

Duke basketball guard Tyrese Proctor (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Duke basketball guard Tyrese Proctor (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

The Duke basketball team picked up a major prediction in its roster construction. 

There is only one open scholarship remaining for the Duke basketball roster and it’s clear who Jon Scheyer is targeting; Kansas big man Ernest Udeh Jr. 

Udeh Jr. completed a visit to Duke on Tuesday and picked up a prediction on his future Wednesday morning.

A trio contributors for 247Sports, John Watson, Chad Lynkis, and Michael Swain, all logged Crystal Ball predictions for the former McDonald’s All-American to commit to Duke.

Listed at 6-foot-11 and 250 pounds, Udeh Jr. played in 30 games last season for the Jayhawks but only averaged 8.3 minutes, 2.6 points, and 1.8 rebounds per contest.

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An anonymous college basketball insider, which goes by the Twitter account Trilly Donovan, also feels very confident that the Blue Devils will land the services of the Kansas big man.

“Was told that Kansas State and TCU do not feel confident that he’ll make it to their visits next week,” the account posted on Tuesday night.

Ernest Udeh Jr. is scheduled to visit the other two schools high on his list, according to Cerebro Sports’ Andrew Slater, after recruiting dead period, which began on Thursday and concludes on  May 26.

Donovan’s reasons for Udeh Jr. selecting the Blue Devils were simple, “It’s Duke. They have an available spot at his position. He’s the perfect fit for what they need.”

Duke basketball vacancy is perfect fit for talented big man

Duke is looking to fill the void left by Dereck Lively II after the freshman declared for the 2023 NBA Draft.

The Blue Devils return key players such as Jeremy Roach, Tyrese Proctor, Mark Mitchell, and Kyle Filipowski while bringing in a loaded recruiting class of 5-star prospects Jared McCain, Caleb Foster, Sean Stewart, and TJ Power.

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Ryan Young, a transfer from Northwestern, also returns for his final year of eligibility.

Ernest Udeh Jr. is ranked by 247Sports as a four-star transfer and the No. 15 overall player to enter the portal.

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