MDAA Practice Reports: Duke Targets

We're on the scene in Chicago to watch the nation's top prep players in action and to follow the Blue Devil targets taking part in the annual McDonald's All-American game.

With McDonald's All-American week in full swing, Duke has two committed players in the game and two main recruiting targets in play, as well.

After two days of open practices and a televised scrimmage, here's a look at how some of the Duke prospects have looked so far during All-America week.

Chase Jeter

At Practice:With some shot-happy guards on his team, Jeter hasn't received the most touches, but his motor continued to run hard on both ends of the floor. Jeter used his mobility to run the floor to get easy finishes and also seemed better on playing defense on high ball screens. There are some physical, bruising big men on Jeter's team like Caleb Swanigan and Jeter doesn't seem fazed with the added physicality. Of interesting note, Jeter has often refused to take water breaks during the open practice the last two days, instead getting in additional free throws or shooting elbow jumpers off-the-catch.

Luke Kennard

At Practice: All-star settings mean that players like Kennard -- who generally play balanced, team-oriented basketball -- can get lost in the shuffle. Still, the shooting guard has shined in shooting drills this week and it's because he has among the best footwork among jump shooters in the class. While others in shooting drills had their feet all over the place upon release, Kennard's reps in drills always look the same. His feet are squared even with his shoulders and pointed at the rim, regardless of which direction he's moving. Kennard has also held his own playing on a more physical team the last two days and made some plays as a passer, as well.

Brandon Ingram

At Practice: The Duke target is the biggest talk of McDonald's All-American practices this week as he's grown to 6-foot-9 and looks completely confident as a scorer. Ingram burst on the national scene as a potential top-10 player last July in the same building as McDonald's practices in Chicago this week. He seems to really enjoy playing in this Quest Athletics building. As a scorer, Ingram was dialed in from 3-point range but also has been operating well off of high ball screens and hitting tough mid-range pull-ups. He's become a real problem with the ball in his hands and the next step for him is adding strength.


At Practice: You can tell that Swanigan has continued to work on his frame, as he looks like he's in better shape than the summer. A bruising post player, Swanigan isn't going to win plays above the rim, but he makes his presence felt on the ground and does a great job of establishing position and getting rebounds. Swanigan isn't afraid of contact and likes dishing out punishment whenever he can on post touches. Defensively, because he's in better shape, Swanigan is moving a bit better laterally and he's better at recognizing rotations and double teams.


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