Prospect Tracking: May 11th

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 on Sunday.


Ivan Rabb, PF, Oakland Soldiers (CA): The top ranked player in the class of 2015 started the second day of the event with 11 points and nine rebounds, though it wasn't enough as the Soldiers lost to the Texas Titans by 15. In the second game against the Spiece Indy Heat, Scout's top player scored 16 points, 11 rebounds, and two assists against the Texas Titans.

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

Henry Ellenson, PF, Playground Elite (WI): The four star power forward led his team to an easy victory over the CP3 All-Stars with 21 points and 10 rebounds. The tables were turned on the Elite in the afternoon in a 21 point defeat. Ellenson managed just 11 points and two rebounds.

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 nine points and grabbed eight rebounds in the first game of the day against Team Takeover - a 16 point defeat. In the afternoon Tatum scored 23 points and grabbed five rebounds, but the Eagles came up short against the Alabama Challenge, losing by four.

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 began the second day of play with 16 points, four rebounds, and seven assists as Team United beat the Baltimore Elite by nine. Smith did so on 6-of-9 shooting from the field. He followed that up with a rough afternoon from the field, shooting 2-of-7 from the field for 12 points and four assists.

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 continued his weekend with a slow start on Sunday afternoon. Battle scored just five points in a two point loss to BABC in the morning. He followed the morning up with 10 points in the afternoon game against the New York Lightning in a five point defeat.

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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