Duke basketball continues to stockpile high level wings

Duke basketball verbal commit Darren Harris (Katie Goodale-USA TODAY Network)
Duke basketball verbal commit Darren Harris (Katie Goodale-USA TODAY Network) /

The Duke basketball program is sticking to its recruiting philosophy. 

Under Jon Scheyer’s leadership, the Duke basketball recruiting strategy is becoming more apparent; land top-tier guards and wings who are willing to stay in school for a few years.

This upcoming season, we get to see the return of guards Tyrese Proctor and Jeremy Roach for their sophomore and senior seasons, respectively, while Duke also added 5-star freshmen guards Caleb Foster and Jared McCain, who are expected to eventually take over and maintain the team’s success.

This is the kind of forward thinking and visionary approach that the Duke coaches are receiving much praise for. Implementing these subtle adjustments ensures that the Blue Devils can consistently demonstrate their excellence and maintain their status as the benchmark for college basketball.

In the 2024 class, which some perceive as relatively weak in terms of guaranteed NBA-caliber talent, Duke’s offer sheet consists of ten guards and wings but only three big men, highlighting the prevailing notion that basketball tends to prioritize guards in the modern game.

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Duke has already secured two of those commitments from 4-star Darren Harris and 5-star Isaiah Evans.

One of their priority recruits, Dylan Harper, the super cerebral combo guard out of New Jersey has recently experienced an intriguing development in his recruitment process.

Harper, a highly sought after combo guard in the 2024 class, has made the decision to delay his commitment date. This decision comes after receiving a persuasive endorsement from his father, who believes it would be beneficial to stay at home and attend Rutgers.


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Duke has also recently offered VJ Edgecombe and Kon Kneuppel, two exceptionally talented 5-star players who have excelled during their AAU seasons.

Edgecombe, a combo guard out of New York, is a long armed, athletic prospect who can shoot, excels at finishing around the basket, and is an elite on-ball defender.

Kneuppel led the Nike EYBL circuit in scoring and is widely acknowledged as the premier shooter among the 2024 prospects.

Despite not possessing the same athleticism as others, he uses his craftiness, body, and tight handle to create space and generate a lot of his offense. He has an official visit to Duke scheduled in September.

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Another intriguing event that could have a profound impact on the 2024 class is the possible reclassification of Cooper Flagg.

Flagg, widely regarded as one of the top high school prospects regardless of class, is an exceptional two-way wing player who is strongly rumored to be leaning towards committing to Duke.

Another potential massive recruiting class could be in store in the near future for the Blue Devils.

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