Duke basketball: Countdown to Craziness lands another huge visitor

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The Duke basketball program has landed another major visitor for Countdown to Craziness. 

Arguably the biggest recruiting night of the year for the Duke basketball program has gotten bigger.

Countdown to Craziness is only six weeks away but another prospect has confirmed his attendance in Durham for the weekend and its 4-star target Patrick Ngongba II.

Ngongba recently cut his list down to eight finalist; Duke, UConn, Kansas State, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Kansas, and Providence.

The 6-foot-11 center has already taken official visits to UConn, Kansas State, and Duke while he will visit Michigan this weekend and a trip to Kentucky  booked for later in the month.

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However, Jon Scheyer will get the No. 28 player in the 247Sports Composite rankings back on campus for the event.

Duke will also be hosting 5-star wing VJ Edgecombe during Countdown to Craziness and many are anticipating Cooper Flagg, the No. 1 player in the Class of 2024, taking his official visit to Duke during the weekend as well after unofficially visiting in the summer.

Ngongba II stars at Paul VI (Va.) High School, the same program that boasts Duke commit Darren Harris, and has skyrocket up recruiting boards since the beginning of the calendar year when he was ranked as high as No. 142.

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The Blue Devils offered the big man in late May and there was major discussions as to who the program would pursue more, Patrick Ngongba II or 5-star forward Flory Bidunga.

Bidunga, at one point, was a Duke lean but many thought prior to his announcement he was going to commit to Auburn before he shocked the recruiting world by pledging to Kansas.

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Now, Scheyer and his coaching staff seem determined to land Ngongba to try and fill the void that will be left by the eventual departures from the current roster.

Duke will also be hosting 2024 guard Kon Knueppel and 2025 wing Nate Ament on visits next week while Nico Bundalo, another 2025 prospect, will be in Durham the following weekend.

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