Duke has pulled in Scout’s top recruiting class in the nation two of the last three years and has big plans in 2017 as well.
That potential haul got off to a good start when the Blue Devils received a commitment from Top 65 wing Alex O'Connell.
A 6-foot-6, 170-pound shooting guard from Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton, O’Connell is Scout’s 62nd ranked prospect in 2017.
O’Connell emerged on Scout’s radar in April at the Nike EYBL, making a big impact on Team United. After growing a few inches over the last year, O’Connell’s size, length and skill made him an easy high major prospect.
The four-star wing will be able to play both the two and the three at the next level on both ends of the court due to his skill and athleticism. He’s got a good handle and can create his own shot off the bounce.
O’Connell is better from midrange than three but has a smooth stroke and should ultimately be more than capable from distance. He’s got very good vision for a wing and isn’t just a threat to score with his jumper or slashing but can also create for others.
He’s still very physically immature – it’s possible he still grows – and has plenty of room to continue to get stronger, which will only add to his game.
The commitment of O’Connell is the first 2017 commitment for Duke, which could end up with a big time class if all the pieces fit together.
The Blue Devils are strongly in the picture with prospects such as Wendell Carter, Mohamed Bamba, Kevin Knox, Gary Trent, Quade Green and Jermaine Samuels, with the goal of putting together an extremely talented six-man class when it’s all said and done.
Landing O’Connnell is a nice way to get the 2017 class started for Mike Krzyzewski and staff.