Duke basketball: Key 2024 target cuts list again, sets commitment date

Duke basketball signee Patrick Ngongba II (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball signee Patrick Ngongba II (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

A major Duke basketball recruiting target has cut his list and set a commitment date. 

Cooper Flagg got all the headlines for his official visit to the Duke basketball program last weekend but 5-star target Patrick Ngongba II — along with VJ Edgecombe — was also in Durham for another visit with the Blue Devils.

Ngongba II put Duke in his Top-8 finalists but after spending more time in Durham he decided to trim that list a little further as he will chose from Kansas State, Kentucky, or the Blue Devils.

The 6-foot-10 forward has officially visited all three programs and will formally announce his decision on Saturday, November 4.

UConn, Indiana, Providence, Kansas, and Michigan were all cut from his list.

Kentucky is the only school that Ngongba has only seen once after his two trips to Duke and he will be taking his second visit to Kansas State this weekend, according to reports.

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He recently posted the photos from this weekend at Duke on Instagram.

Not only based on the amount of times he visited the schools but other factors and reports, it seems like the two favorites are either Kansas State or Duke.

Rivals has two FutureCast Predictions, which were logged in the last two days, for Kansas State.

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Patrick Ngongba II is listed as the No. 25 recruit in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings, and the No. 5 center in the nation.

The Blue Devils have always been on the radar of Ngongba II but felt like its pursuit of the Paul VI (Va.) standout picked up when Flory Bidunga, another 5-star center in the class, picked Auburn over Duke and others.

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Jon Scheyer currently has the No. 4 recruiting class in the country, according to 247Sports, with 5-star standouts Isaiah Evans and Kon Knueppel pledged to the program as well as 4-star wing Darren Harris.

Harris, Ngongba’s high school teammate, added to the list of players from Paul VI to commit to Duke like current senior point guard Jeremy Roach and former one-and-done Trevor Keels.

A paint dominant big man is the one missing piece for Duke in this recruiting class and Scheyer might have some work to do if he wants to bring Patrick Ngongba to Durham.

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