Prospect Tracking: May 18th

Several Blue Devil targets continue their summer seasons throughout the country in the various AAU circuits and leagues.

CLASS OF 2015

Luke Kennard, SG, King James Stars (OH): Kennard scored nine points despite struggling from the field in the opening game of the day against the Jackson Tigers. Kennard's long range shooting was off from the start, and didn't catch up throughout the game as the five star wing shot just one of six from long range. Things picked up in the afternoon as Kennard scored a team high 19 points while shooting 50 percent from the field and 7-of-7 from the charity stripe to help the Stars to a six point win over New York Lightning.

Henry Ellenson, PF, Playground Elite (WI): Ellenson was one of the few bright spots for the Elite, who fell by 20 to the Georgia Stars in the morning's first contest. The four star forward scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds while shooting 7-of-14 from the floor. Later in the day the 6'9, 240 pound forward upped his game with 22 points and eight rebounds. The only down side of the performance was the 1-of-5 shooting from the perimeter.

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.

Caleb Swanigan, C, Spiece Indy Heath (IN): The recent reclassified 2015 center opened his weekend in Hampton doing most of what makes him a five star prospect. Swanigan did struggle from the field (3-of-11), but managed to score around the basket and took up space inside to finish with nine points and eight rebounds in a nine point win. In the afternoon Swanigan got things rolling, shooting seven of 11 from the field to finish with 16 points and 13 rebounds in a seven point win over a team from Tennessee.

Recruiting: Having just reclassified into the class of 2015, Swanigan has a number of schools looking at him and re-evaluating how he'd fit. Duke is certainly interested and is doing some initial contact things, but no offer has come at this time.

Chase Jeter, PF, Dream Vision (NV): It was his first event back and Jeter was tremendous. Jeter scored very well on the low block and also was rebounding well and controlling the paint. He added in a few post moves and a mid-range jumper and it was easy to see the elite potential that he possesses. Jeter still needs to do a better job of finishing through contact, but during the game he was absolutely dominant and looked improved from the high school season. - Brian Snow

Recruiting: Jeter remains Duke's top target in the post, and the five star big man is closing in on a decision. Most expect it to be released within the next few weeks.

Brandon Ingram, SF/PF, Stackhouse Elite: Long and lean, Ingram has a tremendous ability to get to the rim at his size. He can score in the paint because of how long and athletic he is allowing him to shoot over defenders. Beyond that Ingram has a high skill level that makes him someone you have to guard everywhere on the floor. Ingram is still a work in progress, but he is a big time talent who is one of the top raw talents in the class. - Brian Snow

Recruiting: Ingram has a number of schools interested and Duke has recently offered and shot up the recruiting charts with the local prospect. The Blue Devils are a sure bet to make the reduced list when announced in a few weeks, and most believe Duke is among the top two or three along with North Carolina and Louisville.


CLASS OF 2016

Harry Giles, PF, CP3 All-Stars (NC): Nearly a year after injuring his knee, Harry Giles is back in action. Giles eased back into the high level league by scoring eight points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a 23 point win over California Supreme. Rust showed up late in the day when Giles shot just 0-of-6 from the field to finish with one point and three boards after CP3 was blown out by the Texas Titans.

Recruiting: Giles, the number one player in the country in the class of 2016, has offers from virtually every high major school in the country. Duke has had Giles on campus several times over the last year, has offered, and is a favorite to be in any reduction in list that comes in the next few months.

Jayson Tatum, SF, St.Louis Eagles (MO): Tatum, the nation's top small forward in the rising junior class, scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the St. Louis Eagles, but it wasn't enough in a day opening loss to the Arkansas Wings. Tatum hit for 10 points and five boards in the second game of the day, an easy victory over Team Louisiana.

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.

Tyus Battle, SG, Team Scan (NY): The five star shooting guard scored 11 points, grabbed three boards, and handed out two assists in Team Scan's 17 point victory over the Baltimore Elite. In the second game Battle added another nine points and four assists as Scan defeated Howard Pulley by nine.

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.

Thon Maker, PF/C, Team Loaded VA – While he still needs to focus more on trying to be KG (Kevin Garnett) than KD (Kevin Durant), Maker is one of the most impressive natural talents around. Maker can hit from the mid-range, blocks shots, and has a good feel for how to play the game. Also he runs the floor like a guard, and even though he battled early foul trouble, Maker found a way to dominate the game in the second half. - Brian Snow


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