Duke basketball: Cameron Boozer ousted from No. 1 ranking in 2025

Duke basketball recruiting target Cameron Boozer (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball recruiting target Cameron Boozer (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

Duke basketball target Cameron Boozer is no longer the No. 1 player in 2025. 

Reclassification has become the biggest story in the sport of college basketball and it has impacted a Duke basketball recruiting target once again.

Months after Cooper Flagg left the Class of 2025 to join the 2024 pool of prospects, another 5-star prospect, AJ Dybantsa, is joining the high school junior class.

Dybantsa was the top ranked player in the Class of 2026 and some recruiting analysts were calling him the best high school prospect in the country — regardless of class — and now he will be playing college basketball a year earlier than anticipated.

“The time is right to officially announce that I have reclassed to the class of 2025,” the 6-foot-9 forward announced via Twitter on Wednesday morning.

Nearly every recruiting website has slotted him as the No. 1 player in 2025, surpassing highly coveted prospect Cameron Boozer.

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Boozer was in a battle to retain the top spot in the playing rankings this summer after Cooper Flagg shined at Nike’s EYBL Peach Jam but the debate between the two Duke recruiting targets quieted after the conversation surrounding Flagg’s reclassification heated up.

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AJ Dybantsa, now eligible for the 2026 NBA Draft, stars at Prolific Prep (Calif.) and played up on the EYBL circuit this summer while leading Peach Jam in scoring with 25.8 points per game.

He currently holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Connecticut, Michigan, USC, and others as his recruitment is certainly going to explode in the coming months with his arrival to the college basketball world coming a year earlier.

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Duke has not offered Dybantsa yet but a member of the coaching staff reportedly traveled to California in early September to visit him in person during a workout.

The Blue Devils remain very connected with Cameron and Cayden Boozer, the twin sons of Duke legend Carlos Boozer, as the program looks to secure its first commitment in the Class of 2025.

Duke has not offered a prospect in the Class of 2026, either.

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