Again Mass Rivals is one of the best squads on the adidas circuit, and a big reason for that is their strong play in the backcourt. David Duke is one of the prospects who runs the show for Mass Rivals, and after a strong high school season he kept things going for Vin Pastore's club.
"The year has been pretty good," said Duke. "I’ve been working hard and trying to get better every day on the court, and just trying to become a more complete player."
He continued, "I think my game has developed a lot. I’ve learned how to play as a point guard from Coach Vin (Pastore). Now I am far better coming off of screens. I know when to pull up and take my shot as well as get to the rim."
On the recruiting trail Duke had an explosion of offers in the last year. Programs from all over have come in to see him and have made him a priority.
"My recruitment blew up a lot," said Duke. "I was surprised, but it is something I worked for."
About the Wildcats of Villanova, Duke said, "When they came in it was my first time really talking to the coach. He said that they like how I am a big point guard who would fit perfectly into their system. They really want me to get to campus to visit, and they think I could be a great player for them."
Providence is working hard to keep as many good players home in New England as possible, and Ed Cooley and his staff have made a good impression on Duke.
"I’m pretty close to their entire staff," said Duke of the Friars. "I’ve been to a couple of their games and it is a great environment and I like their playing style. Providence is kind of my hometown team, so I always have to show them love, and they do the same with me."
Last year the Hokies were able to land a Mass Rivals star in Wabissa Bede. Bede and Duke were high school teammates, and now Virginia Tech is trying to get Duke to join Bede once again in Blacksburg.
"(Bede's) been cracking jokes about me going there, but he isn’t going to force me to go there," said Duke of Virginia Tech. "He just wants me to go where is best for me. As for Virginia Tech, I like the coaches a lot, and they have a good system that fits what I do well."
For now Duke says he is focused on simply improving, but he keeps an eye on who is coming to his games and showing him recruiting attention.