Four-star power forward Javin DeLaurier verbally committed to Duke, he told Scout.
“The amazing opportunity it presents for me both on and off the court,” DeLaurier said when asked about why he committed to Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils.
“It’s the best fit and going back a few years ago when I was a kid, I wanted to go to Duke,” he added. “To have the opportunity was literally a dream come true. When I took the visit I fell in love with the campus.”
Duke assistant Nate James began building a relationship with DeLaurier in January, and Duke’s recruitment of the talented forward out of Charlottesville (Va.) St. Annes-Belfield progressed from there.
“I love the coaching staff,” DeLaurier said. “I love the guys on the team. They are all great. Coach K, I trust him. I know that if I go to Duke, I’ll become a better basketball player and better man.”
“Coach James’ whole thing was I just have to have belief that if you go to Duke and continue to put in hard work on and off the court, only good things will happen. That’s what really stuck out in my mind when I made my decision. If I can continue to work hard who knows what could happen.”
DeLaurier, who had taken prior official visits to Notre Dame and Texas, said the thought of playing for Krzyzewski excites him.
“It’s amazing being around him and hearing him talk,” DeLaurier said. “He’s had so much success and being able to play for him is something I’m really excited about it.”
DeLaurier said he wasn’t 100-percent sure he was going to commit to Duke during the visit. But a stop by Cameron Indoor stadium helped seal the deal.
“You never really know because I had thought that before, but the moment I knew I was going to go was on Friday night,” he said. “I had dinner and they took me to Cameron. The lights were dimmed and I knew I wanted to go to Duke. I said this is the place for me.”
“It was funny. I was hanging out with the guys on the team and I texted my mom, ‘I’m coming.’ And she said, ‘you’re coming back to the hotel? What time will you be here?’ And I said, ‘No mom, I’m coming to Duke.’
With the pledge, Duke now has a trio of prospects on board in their 2016 class. DeLaurier joins five star recruits Jayson Tatum and Frank Jackson. The three combined make up the best current recruiting class in the country.
“I think our class is going to be special,” DeLaurier said. “I think we are going to be special. I know Frank really well. I don’t know Jayson, but I’m definitely excited to be going in with both of those guys.”
The Blue Devils are far from finished, as they are also in hot pursuit of five-star prospects Harry Giles, Wenyen Gabriel and Marques Bolden.
“I’ll definitely be on the recruiting warpath,” DeLaurier said.
On the court, DeLaurier has shown consistent improvement over the last year. After a strong spring and summer playing with Team Loaded VA, he rose in the rankings to No. 40 overall in the 2016 class.
DeLaurier is known for his energetic style of play. At 6-foot-8, he races end-to-end, rebounds well in and out of his area and can score at the rim or via short-range shots.
In early August, Scout published a poll regarding who has the best motor in high school basketball. More than 80 college coaches weighed in and Javin DeLaurier took home the most votes with 17.