The Blue Devils are recruiting a number of top, elite recruiting prospects from the class of 2016. Here's a complete breakdown of the Duke Hoops recruiting board as it currently stands.


UPDATE:  Jackson continued to establish himself as one of the elite guards in the class of 2016 throughout the summer.  It culminated with a signature performance at the Elite 24 event in New York at the end of August where Jackson was fully in control of his team as the lead guard and showed off the abilty to run a team while also shouldering the scoring load when necessary.  After visiting Stanford in July, he made an offiical visit to Duke in August and committed one day after returning home.

Scouting Report:  Duke began recruiting Jackson in August of 2014 after he backed off his commitment to BYU and began courting other programs.  In April of 2016 the Blue Devils offered Jackson after the EYBL Session in Dallas.  Following that event, Coach Krzyzewski took the lead in the recruitment.

In between his sophomore and junior seasons, Jackson emerged as a high-major recruit playing for the Utah Prospects and quickly moved into Scout’s rankings. Jackson then averaged 26.9 points and shot over 40-percent from three during his junior season at Lone Peak.

Jackson is laterally quick and big enough to defend both ones and twos at the next level. Ultimately, his future as a basketball player is at the one, but his versatility no doubt gives him even more value.

Jackson can break down the defense and create for teammates and he also does a good job of finding cutters from the perimeter.


UPDATE:  Tatum took only one official visit before he decided to play for Coach K and the Blue Devils in July.  He selected Duke over Kentucky, North Carolina and St. Louis.  The announcement came as part of a national broadcast of the 2015 Peach Jam - the championship rounds of the EYBL.

Scouting Report:  Tatum toured the underclass Nike circuit in 2013, and when we released our early rankings for that class, his name appeared near the top. Meanwhile, early offers poured in from the hometown Billikens along with Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Marquette, Memphis and Missouri.

Duke would rush into the picture as well, and by the 2014 spring Tatum had joined the St. Louis Eagles 17-under squad and begun to tour on the EYBL circuit. He proved to be one of the best players on the circuit as an underclassman, averaging 19 points and seven rebounds per contest.

Tatum’s high school junior year and 2015 travel season further underscored why he’s considered a top shelf prospect. Back on the road for the Eagles, through 17 regular season games he averaged 20 points per contest shooting just under 50 percent from the field. He added eight rebounds and two assists per contest as well.


UPDATE:  Giles has transferred to Oak Hill Academy for his final year of high school basketball.  He has also narrowed his list to a final five of Duke, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Kansas, and North Carolina.  Each of the schools will receive an official visit with the Blue Devils getting the last on October 30th.

Scouting Report:  Giles has been on the Duke radar since his freshman season.  The 6-foot-10 power forward showed his motor and versatility during the month of July. He has good size for the power forward position, but he’s also quite versatile and can score both facing the rim and with his back to it.  He was also named as the best pro and college prospect in a survey of college coaches and NBA executives familiar with the rising senior class.

“In one year he could have Kevin Durant, Mike Beasley type impact,” one head college coach said about Giles.

“He’s a future NBA All-Star and has a chance to be like a healthy Chris Webber,” another coach noted.

What makes Giles the top player in the class?

“His motor,” one high-major coach that watched him multiple times in July said. “His competitiveness, his skill, athleticism and his versatility. People try and compare him to other players. I’m not sure there is an exact comparison. He’s very unique.”

UPDATE:  DeLaurier was the latest offer in the class, but things are moving foward very quickly in this recruiting process.  The 6-foor-8 power forward broke the new with TDD that he was moving his visit up to September 26th.   He committed to Duke on the official visit.

Scouting Report:  College coaches voted Javin DeLaurier as the player that showed the best motor during the month of July.  DeLaurier, who ran with Team Loaded Virginia on the adidas circuit, improved his stocky considerably over the course of the spring and summer and jumped to No. 36 overall in the pre-July rankings.

During July, DeLaurier played with great energy on both ends of the floor. At 6-foot-8 and boasting a 7-2 wingspan, DeLaurier consistently gets on the backboard, contests shots and always seems to come up with loose balls.

“Javin is an elite level motor guy,” one high major assistant coach told Scout. “He is non-stop full court each and every possession. He has every intangible that you cannot teach and his skill set keeps improving every day.”

“He never complains about touches and he goes and gets the ball off the rim,” another coach said.


UPDATE:  Bolden's visit to Duke has come and gone without a commitment.  The nation's top rated center will now visit Kansas and is planning a trip to Kentucky as well.  However, sources confirmed that Bolden is also planning a return to Durham - his third visit in eight weeks - to attend the 2016 Countdown to Craziness event.   It remains to be seen, however, if Bolden makes the trip.

Scouting Report:  The Blue Devils were tracking Bolden as early as the summer of 2014, but the interest picked up in April of 2015 as the Duke coaching staff continued to zero in on the Texas product.   Nate James was the initial point of contact durng that first year, but followng a strong Spring performance in which he averaged more than 16 points per game in the EYBL, Bolden began to hear from the entire Duke staff.  

At 6-foot-10 and 230 pounds, he has become one of the nation's elite centers. He's strong, athletic, scores with his back to the basket and strikes an imposing figure on defense as well. He's both productive and has the room to expand his game even more, placing him ahead of he frontcourt field.

Through 21 games on the Nike EYBL circuit with Nike Pro Skills, Bolden averaged 13.7 points and shot 56.7-percent from the field. He also added 5.9 rebounds a game.

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