Prospect Tracking: May 24th

The top players in the rising senior and junior classes were in action this weekend throughout the country. Here's a run down the Blue Devil targets competing over the holiday weekend.

CLASS OF 2015

Luke Kennard, SG, King James Stars (OH): Kennard had his offense going in a big way in the first game. The 6'5 scoring guard shot well from the field and perimeter on his way to 21 points and six boards in just 23 minute as he helped the Stars to an eight point win. The afternoon saw the future Blue Devil matched up at times with 2016 backcourt target Battle. Kennard won the individual battle by scoring 15 points in 28 minutes as the Stars lost in the last minute.

Ivan Rabb, PF, Oakland Soldiers (CA): Rabb, Scout.com's top rated player in the class, scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds to help the Soliders beat up on Team Florida in the session opener. Rabb shot 4-do-10 from the field, and didn't find his way to the charity stripe in 22 minutes of action.

Recruiting: Rabb visited Duke last weekend and the two sides appear to be moving forward with a mutual interest. The visit seems to have moved things forward.

"We had a really productive conversation," Rabb added. "We talked about a few things and players and the reason why he wasn't recruiting me as tough as he could, and we hadn't really talked too much, but we talked a lot there. He's already started to pick it up. He texted me [Tuesday] and checked in on me."

Rabb told Scout.com he's glad the unofficial visit to Duke worked out because it changed his opinion on the Blue Devils.

"At first I didn't want to go because they haven't been recruiting me so I didn't know what to expect," Rabb said. "But I went and it changed what I thought about them. I liked the coaching staff and saw the campus."

Henry Ellenson, PF, Playground Elite (WI): Ellenson wasn't shooting the ball overly well on Saturday morning, hitting just 6-of-17 from the field and 1-of-6 from the charity stripe. He did pull in nine rebounds in 20 minutes as the Playground Elite rolled past Alabama Challenge.

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 by dominating on the glass, but struggling from the field. He scored 17 points on 5-of-18 shooting while pulling in 11 offensive boards and nine on the defensive side of things for a total of 20 rebounds. It wasn't enough as Spiece fell to All Ohio Red. In the afternoon the big man was once again dominant in the paint, scoring 24 points and grabbing 16 rebounds as Spiece beat the Georgia Stars by 16 points. Swanigan's 24 points came on 9-of-17 shooting from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line. Defensively he also factored in with five blocks.

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): Jeter began his event by dominating Team Minnesota to the tune of 27 points and 12 rebounds. Jeter was unstoppable around the basket, hitting 13-of-17 from the floor to lead Dream Vision to a 22 point win. The five star forward was just as good in the second game of the day, scoring 20 points and grabbing 13 boards as Dream Vision lost by three to the Ohio Basketball Club. In the nightcap Jeter recorded yet another double-double by shooting 7-of-12 from the floor to finish with 18 points, 15 rebounds, and three assists.

He continues to grow in height and is visibly stronger, but he also continues to add to his game. He's developed a go-to move in a right jump hook, which at his size is nearly impossible to get to. He hit four of them against Ohio Basketball Club on Saturday. Jeter is also mobile and runs the floor with purpose and he locks down his area from a rebounding standpoint. Already a five-star recruit, expect Jeter to rise even higher when rankings are updated.

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

Brandon Ingram, SF/PF, Stackhouse Elite: Ingram got off to a strong start at the Adidas event in Orlando, scoring a game (and his circuit) high 27 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field in a win over Texas D1 Ambassador.

Ingram hit a pair of threes, plus a couple of other long jumpers, but what stuck out about his game was his aggressiveness off the bounce. He attacked the rim in transition and finished well going towards the rim.

"I've worked on that a lot," Ingram said about attacking the basket. "I'm putting on a little weight and that just builds confidence when I go to the basket. I just feel confident that I can finish over defenders."

"I think I've been playing pretty good," he added. "I'm gaining a lot of confidence and I'm getting to the basket and not just relying on my shot."

He was a bit quieter in the follow up contest, a one point win over the Atlanta Celtics, scoring 10 points and grabbing six rebounds. On Saturday he hit for 20 points and four boards in a seven point loss to Game Point.

Recruiting: Ingram, who is currently ranked No. 40 overall in the 2015 class, told Scout.com that he would narrow his list of schools to six at the end of June. Among the schools recruiting Ingram are Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Kentucky, Kanas, Florida, Clemson, Virginia Tech, VCU, Wake Forest and N.C. State.


CLASS OF 2016

Dennis Smith, Jr., PG, Team Loaded (NC): The physical point guard began his event in Orlando with 21 points to lead his team past the Oakland (CA) Rebels by three. Smith followed that up by taking over the game against the Mass Rivals. The 6'2 guard scored 29 points, grabbed 13 defensive rebounds, and recorded a pair of assists and steals as Team Loaded was able to hold off the Rivals' furious second half rally. On Saturday Smith was once again the best player on the floor as Team Loaded cruised to a 26 point win behind 23 points, five rebounds, and seven assists from Smith. In the fourth game in 24 hours, Smith wasn't slowing down either. He scored 23 points and helped Team Loaded win again, beating the Northwest Panthers by six. Scout's Brian Snow was certainly impressed.

"Smith is a really physically gifted point guard that has a very impressive combination of athleticism and skill set for the position. He can get wherever he wants on the court when he wants with his handle, but he's also a terrific passer and is capable of knocking down shots, as evidenced by the 30-footer he hit at the buzzer against Oakland Soldiers to send the game to OT. He's easily one of the top prospects in the 2016 class." - Snow

Harry Giles, PF, CP3 All-Stars (NC): Giles is still shaking off rust and his opponents continue to attempt to make a name off Scout.com's number one player. In the first game of the first session in Minnesota, Giles was limited to just two points (1-of-4 shooting) and six rebounds in 12 minutes, but it didn't matter as CP3 rolled to a 34 point win over Tatum and the St. Louis Eagles. In his afternoon game against Albany, Giles seemed to get his legs under him a bit more, scoring eight points and grabbing eight rebounds in just 19 minutes in leading his team to a one point victory.

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): The 2016 small forward was limited against Giles and CP3, shooting just 4-of-15 from the field on his way to nine points, five rebounds, and three steals. Tatum's shooting was still off in the afternoon when the Eagles fell to Jabari Parker's old squad, Mac Irvin Fire. Tatum hit just 4-of-17 from the field en route to eight points and and nine rebounds. The 6'7 rising junior did manage to factor in with three assists, three blocks, and five steals in the loss.

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): Battle and his teammates were slowed considerably by Team Final, losing 50-45. Battle was held to four points and six boards on 2-of-8 shooting from the floor, while his team as a whole managed just 42 percent from the field. In the afternoon Battle helped his team defeat Kennard and King James by one with eight points in 24 minutes and 50 percent shooting from the field.

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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