Duke basketball: Freshmen arrive on campus for summer workouts

Duke basketball guard Jared McCain (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball guard Jared McCain (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Duke basketball freshmen have arrived on campus for summer workouts. 

The anticipation continues to build for the Duke basketball season as the star studded freshmen class has officially arrived on campus.

The group of four signees moved into Durham on Tuesday in preparation for summer workouts beginning this week as head coach Jon Scheyer touts the No. 2 recruiting class in the country, according to 247Sports. 

Jared McCain, the No. 13 player in the 247Sports Composite rankings, headlines the crop of players that also includes 5-star prospects Sean Stewart, Caleb Foster, and TJ Power.

Sean Stewart, a McDonald’s All-American alongside McCain, is the No. 17 player in the Class of 2023 while Foster and Power rank as the No. 19 and No. 20 players in the nation, respectively.

The young Blue Devils already got a chance to see what life on campus would be like this summer at the beginning of June during the annual K Academy when Duke players, past and present, gathered in Durham for the event.

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Duke also held a commitment from 5-star forward, and McDonald’s All-American, Mackenzie Mgbako but he ultimately requested a release from his National Letter of Intent in April and later signed with the Indiana Hoosiers.

The Blue Devils already have a returning core of Jeremy Roach, Tyrese Proctor, Mark Mitchell, and Kyle Filipowski from last year’s team which won the ACC Tournament Championship and is predicted to be a Top-3 team in the country entering next season.

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Duke saw near disaster last preseason when Top-3 recruit Dariq Whitehead suffered a broken foot in August but only missed the first three games of the regular season.

Ultimately, Whitehead’s surgically repaired foot did not heal properly causing him to undergo another surgery after the season but is now on track to be selected in the first round of Thursday’s NBA Draft and be ready for training camp in the fall.

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