Duke basketball recruiting roundup as decisions loom for prospects

Duke basketball recruiting target Cooper Flagg
Duke basketball recruiting target Cooper Flagg /

The Duke basketball team is looking to continue its hot recruiting streak. 

The Blue Devils’ somewhat surprising commitment from 5-star guard Kon Kneuppel is the latest news on the recruiting front for the Duke basketball team.

The question now is who could be the next to commit to Jon Scheyer and Duke?

From Cooper Flagg, the newly minted No. 1 player in the Class of 2024, to Dylan Harper, Duke continues to do the leg work in the recruitment of both 5-star players along with recruiting 4-star forward Patrick Ngongba II and 5-star wing VJ Edgecombe.

Flagg is the most prized recruit, regardless of class, in the country and has been a long-time Duke priority. The ultra-talented five-star wing’s recruitment has been all about Duke.

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He recently canceled his upcoming official visit to Kansas this weekend and will chose between the Blue Devils and defending National Champion Connecticut Huskies for his next destination.

UConn certainly poses a threat but it ultimately appears to be a one-school recruitment, and that’s Duke.

Cooper Flagg’s decision will likely significantly impact the college basketball landscape and adding him to Duke’s stellar class, currently ranked No. 2 in the country, would lock up the top recruiting class.

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The pursuit of Dylan Harper has been patient for the Blue Devils and the elite floor generals’ recruitment has been a mystery as of late.

He’s teased with cryptic and not-so-cryptic social media posts and his father, Ron Harper Sr., has also posted about his son’s recruitment.

Everyone seems to think he is a hard Rutgers lean, but that’s not certain at this point.

If he were sold on Rutgers, he would’ve committed by now. This leaves much room for Duke to pull this one out and get a stunning commitment from Harper.

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Jon Scheyer has put the leg work in with Harper and pursued him for over a year, showing up to watch him play virtually everywhere around the country. The longer Harper’s decision-making process stretches out, the more advantageous it becomes for Duke.

While the competition for his commitment is fierce with Kansas, Auburn, and Indiana still in the mix, and Rutgers being the home school, this might not conclude for another few months.

Patrick Ngongba is another player Duke has set its sights on after the Blue Devils offered back in June.

Most people expected this to be a quick recruitment before Duke recalibrated its sights onto 5-star center Flory Bidunga, who ultimately stunned the recruiting world and committed to play for Kansas.

Ngongba should take another hard look at the Blue Devils before deciding.

Cooper Flagg will be the next domino to fall, and if that happens expect him to commit to Duke, which would solidify the No. 1 recruiting class for Jon Scheyer and the Blue Devils.

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