Duke Starting To Prioritize 2017 Point Guard

Trae Young - one of the top point guards in 2017 - says he's talking with the Duke staff a lot and is planning to visit Durham in the near future.

Houston -- This spring has been very important for MoKan Elite point guard Trae Young, as the Class of 2017 three-star prospect is becoming a national prospect with some tremendous outings.

The recruiting process has started to blow up for Young this spring after a strong start in the Nike EYBL. Through 12 games and three sessions of league play, Young is sixth in the league in scoring at 20.1 points per game and also ranks 10th in assists at 3.7 per game.

This week was a busy week in his recruitment as Young started hearing from the Duke coaching staff and picked up a few new scholarship offers.

"Virginia, Virginia Tech and UCLA offered me this past week, as well as Kansas and Texas," Young said. "I'm hearing from Duke a lot."

The Blue Devils have only been in contact with Young for a little bit, but assistant coaches like Jeff Capel and Jon Scheyer are already putting the full-court press on the 6-foot-1 lead guard.

Young hasn't planned any unofficial visits for the future, but Duke wants to make sure they can get him on campus sometime soon.

"I haven't planned any, but I talked to Coach Capel and Coach Scheyer about going to visit Duke here at the end of the month or the beginning of next month," Young said.

The Duke coaching staff seems to be drawn to Young because of his ability to hit perimeter shots and make plays for others. Young is a small guard, but he's fearless taking big shots in close games.

"They love my game and I haven't had a chance to speak with Coach K. He's been on vacation. I'm going to speak to him some time this next week," Young said of the talks he's had with Duke coaches. "But they love me. They compare me to a little bit of a Tyus Jones. That just humbles me and it makes me want to get better."

Young has been asked if he sees himself on, or off, the ball at the college level since he is more of a scoring point guard at this time. Young isn't concerned with anything but getting better and being a leader for his team and sees himself as a point guard at the next level.

"I'm just playing my game. I've just been taught at a young age just to play my game and be a leader. Run the show," Young said. "Coach is telling me to run the show. So that's my focus."

Running the show has been going fine so far for Young, as he's helped lead MoKan to a 9-3 record and second-place standing in Division B of the EYBL. MoKan Elite looks like they're in comfortable position to make Peach Jam this July and that will only help Young generate more recruiting interest.

"This is the best it gets. The best players play in this league and playing up a grade is continuing to make me better," Young said. "Every game is tough. So we've got to bring it every game. But it makes me better and it makes my team better."

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