Prospect Tracking: May 10th

Tracking the performances of the Duke prospects from the class of 2015 and 2016 in this week's EYBL session.

The Nike EYB is in full swing again this weekend with many of the nation's top prospects and AAU teams meeting in Dallas for the league's second circuit of games. Here's a rundown of Duke targets in attendance.


Ivan Rabb, PF, Oakland Soldiers (CA): The top ranked player in the class of 2015 began his day with a monster performance against the Arkansas Wings. Rabb scored 23 points and grabbed 20 rebounds for the Soliders in a losing effort. In the second game Rabb finished with 16 points and six rebounds in a three point win over Washington DC squad Team Takeover.

Recruiting: At this time Rabb still lacks an offer from the Blue Devils.

Henry Ellenson, PF, Playground Elite (WI): The four star power forward is making a case to have his recruiting stock moved way up. He was the best player on the floor against California Supreme in the opener, scoring 25 points and grabbing seven rebounds. Ellenson also shot 2-of-5 from the perimeter and 5-of-9 from two point land. In the second game Ellenson went for 14 points and 11 rebounds in a 13 point loss to Mac Irvin.

Recruiting: Ellenson was contacted by Duke and the Blue Devils are amongst the schools who have offered. It was a somewhat late offer and Duke has lot of catching up to do. Ellenson has interest from the majority of the Big 10 and Big 12 schools, with Duke, Baylor, and North Carolina beginning to make him a priority.


Jayson Tatum, SF, St.Louis Eagles (MO): Tatum, the nation's top small forward in the rising junior class, scored a team high 22 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists in a 15 point victory over the Georgia Stars. In the second game Tatum led his team with 13 points in a losing effort to All-Ohio.

Recruiting: Tatum will push his decision into his senior season, and lists Duke among the schools he wants to visit this summer as he continues to work with the Blue Devil coaches to establish an early relationship.

Dennis Smith, Jr., PG, Team United: Smith is making a cameo this weekend on the Nike circuit during an off day on the Adidas leagues. He started his first weekend in the EYBL with a quiet four point, two rebound, and one assist against The Family out of Michigan. In the afternoon, Smith's 14 points weren't enough for Team United to overcome Howard Pulley (Tyus Jones' old club team) despite 6-of-10 shooting.

Recruiting: Smith has seen his stock explode over the last few months, and while Duke hasn't offered yet, Duke has made a lot of initial contact. Louisville has also made a recent move.

Tyus Battle, SG, Team Scan (NY): The five star shooting guard began his weekend with a quiet performance against E1T1 out of Florida (Grayson Allen's old AAU squad), scoring seven points and grabbing one rebound while shooting just 1-of-7 from the floor. Battle scored eight points in the afternoon game against Boo Williams on 3-of-6 shooting.

Recruiting: Battle will look to visit Duke this summer and has been recruited for "quite a while" by the Blue Devils according to sources close to the situation. It's early in the process, but Ohio State, Connecticut, Virginia, Indiana, Michigan, Syracuse and Villanova are among the schools heard from the most by the Battle camp.

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