Duke basketball could add to recruiting class very quickly after Cooper Flagg

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

The Duke basketball program could quickly add to its recruiting class. 

Jon Scheyer and the Duke basketball program already added the No. 1 player in the Class of 2024, Cooper Flagg, to its recruiting class this week and another top prospect could be on his way to Durham quickly.

Patrick Ngongba II completed his final official visit to Kansas State this weekend before his college commitment is announced on November 4.

Ngongba II narrowed his choices to three prestigious programs; Duke, Kansas State, and Kentucky, and his decision will undoubtedly have a significant impact on the Blue Devils’ frontcourt play as they have yet to recruit another post player in the 2024 class other than Flory Bidunga, who spurned Duke and committed to Kansas.

So what school will Ngongba choose?

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It would be hard to say no to a school like Duke and a coach like Jon Scheyer. He’s one of the brightest young coaches in college basketball and at one of the most prestigious basketball programs in the sport.

Ngongba has a unique connection to former, current, and soon-to-be Duke players, as he attends Paul VI (Va.) and plays for Team Takeover, which happens to be the same high school and AAU program as Jeremy Roach, Trevor Keels, and 2024 commit Darren Harris.

Scheyer and the staff have done a great job of recruiting him and Patrick Ngongba II can see where he would fit in with the incoming No. 1 recruiting class in the country.

Analyzing the other programs for the Duke basketball recruit

Kansas State is a very intriguing culture fit for Patrick Ngongba II with an outlook on his future.

Head coach Jerome Tang, entering his second year with the Wildcats, is building something special.

But, can they beat out Duke in a recruiting race for a player that both teams covet?

The program sure is in the thick of things with Ngongba after his official visit and put a full-court press to secure a commitment.

Kentucky is the other blue-blood legacy program in the race for the 5-star prospect.

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However, Jon Calipari and the Wildcats are probably the odd man out in this recruitment.

The program is known for its big-time recruiting exploits and history, and while Ngongba has visited Kentucky it’s worth noting that the team will have a plethora of post players by the time Ngongba makes it to college.

It just makes sense to cut Kentucky from the race.

Due to the strong pipeline of players from Paul VI and Team Takeover, Duke seems like the most likely winner in the sweepstakes for Patrick Ngongba II with the fact that he has a clear path to playing time as a Blue Devil.

November 4 should be an exciting day for the Duke faithful after an already exciting week.

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