Duke basketball: Elite recruiting prospects that Blue Devils should target

Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

The Duke basketball coaching staff should look into more recruiting prospects. 

Duke basketball recruiting doesn’t stop and Jon Scheyer, along with the Duke coaching staff, has been diligently working to recruit the 2025 class.

They have already extended offers to five players and it’s highly likely that the number of offers will increase in the near future.

Scheyer and his staff have been very present at every recruiting circuit event this offseason and their efforts show no signs of slowing down. Additionally, they have managed to allocate time to pursue top 2024 priority prospects Dylan Harper, Flory Bidunga, and Patrick Ngongba II.

However, there are some prospects that the Blue Devils should look into more, beginning with forward Koa Peat, ranked No. 4 in the 2025 class.

Peat has an extensive offer sheet so far, suggesting that Duke might be considering offering him soon.

The 6-foot-9 forward is a broad shoulder prospect that can do it all.

He plays for the legendary Compton Magic on the AAU circuit, a team known for producing elite talent every year.

Peat has been consistently excelling on the Adidas 3SSB circuit, leading his team in both scoring and rebounding. His dominant performances make the game appear effortless for him.

Koa Peat is positioning himself to make a run for the top spot among players in his class and his performance on the court unquestionably supports that claim.

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Mikel Brown is another prospect that should be a no-brainer for Duke.

Jon Scheyer and his staff reached out to him in mid-June, so an offer should follow the elite floor general.

Brown, listed at 6-foot-1, is a shifty high IQ lead guard with excellent feel and a very good jump shot. He’s an impressive playmaker who keeps his teammates involved and is very adept at finishing around the rim with his athleticism, despite his small stature.

Mikel Brown could be considered as the top point guard in the 2025 class as Meleek Thomas and Cayden Boozer are the only point guards that hold Duke offers.

Duke basketball could look deeper into recruiting class

Nate Ament is a multi-tooled forward and seeing a good surge in his recruiting.

He has received offers from Providence, Virginia Tech, Maryland, and Creighton as his skills show player that posses all the tools of an elite talent.

He’s an inside-out threat who can bring the ball down the court and initiate offense, as well as post up aggressively for a shot at the basket.

Despite his thin build standing at 6-foot-7, Ament has an aggressiveness and doesn’t shy away from contact whatsoever, in fact he welcomes it.

The 2025 forward was thoroughly impressive after playing him during this AAU season on the 3SSB circuit.

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Shon Abaev is one of the hottest prospect in AAU basketball.

The lefty flamethrower had himself a season on the Under Armour circuit after he caught the world’s attention with highlights of him finishing above the rim on defenders with thunderous dunks.

He’s an athletic 6-foot-8 wing with a very smooth game and a knack for scoring in bunches. He excels on both ends of the court and is regarded as an exceptional teammate.

Niko Bundalo is a talented 6-foot-9 forward in the Class of 2025 with a very deep bag and a polished skill set.

Another southpaw in the class, he can step out and shoot it from deep, has exceptional passing skills, and rebounds well.

His talents have been on full display on the Adidas 3SSB circuit, where he continued to demonstrate why he possesses high major talent.

His list of offers includes Illinois, Georgetown, Ohio State, Syracuse, and Xavier.

Bundalo fits the Duke mold as a big, skilled forward who can pass and shoot.

The 2025 class is shaping up to have some truly elite talent and Duke is right in the thick of it with a chance to secure several top-tier prospects.

With ample time remaining before these kids set foot on a college campus in a couple of years, the Duke basketball coaching staff is proactively investing their efforts, with the expectation of reaping significant benefits in the future.

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