It has been an interesting off season for the Duke Blue Devils. As usual Duke had roster turnover, but this year's it was more interesting than in the past. Chase Jeter transferred, as did reserve big man Sean Obi. Then it seemed Marques Bolden could transfer, but he opted to return, surprising some. Add in departures from Luke Kennard and Frank Jackson to the NBA Draft, and the somewhat surprising return of Grayson Allen, and it was a busy and intriguing off season for the Blue Devils.
That didn't even touch on the recruiting class. For a while Duke felt like the leader for five-star combo forward Kevin Knox, but to the surprise of many, Knox picked Kentucky over Duke, and that left some disappointed in Durham. Duke however did what they always do, and they responded quickly landing four-star shooter Jordan Tucker over Syracuse.
Now on Monday the Blue Devils landed five-star elite point guard talent Trevon Duval. Duval also considered Seton Hall, Baylor, Arizona, and Kansas, but in the end it was the Blue Devils who secured his commitment.
With an excellent combination of size, skill, and athleticism, Duval has long been seen as one of the elite talents in the 2017 class, and maybe its most naturally gifted guard. At times throughout his high school career Duval has absolutely dominated top guards standing in front of him. Duval has won numerous head-to-head battles against the best in the class, and has all the tools to be a long time high level NBA point guard.
The knock however on Duval is that he can be a little hit and miss with his motor. When Duval isn't totally focused he can coast and not give maximum effort, and that limits how effective he is. The challenge for Duke and the coaching staff will be to get Duval's motor running all the time, and now allow him to pick and choose when he wants to play hard.
Having that consistent motor has always been a struggle for Duval, whether it is high school or AAU, and because of that there are some questions about if Duval will get the most out of his ability.
The other question with Duval revolves around him actually making it to a college campus. Though Duval has been steadfast in his plan to attend college, rumors have always swirled behind the scenes that he is considering professional options in either in Europe, Asia, or Australia.
To be clear Duval and his father have both denied any interest in going overseas, but buzz has persisted and while Duke seems confident he will enroll, they likely will sweat it out a little bit until he actually steps foot on campus in Durham.
Overall it has been an interesting off season for the Blue Devils, but it seems to be closing on an extremely high note. A four-star shooter and a five-star point guard in the span of 72 hours gives Coach K a lot to work with as Duke hopes to be making a deep run in March of 2018.