While his name has just become associated with the Blue Devils, four star power forward Javin DeLaurier has actually been on the Duke radar for more than a year.
“The [recruiting] process with Duke actually started during the high school season with Coach Nate James,” said DeLaurier. “And we’ve maintained contact in some shape or form ever since.”
From the first contact to Monday’s offer, DeLaurier had a number of strong performances on the AAU and travel circuit, earning the reputation as a fast rising prospect whose best days are ahead of him. In July he was tabbed as the player with the best motor in the class of 2016 in a survey of college coaches by Scout.com
“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.
As for himself, the player’s self-evaluation hits some of the same assets.
“I’m athletic and I run the floor well,” said DeLaurier. “I’m a good rebound with a high motor and a rapidly developing and improving skill set.”
One college coach told Scout he sees him as a double-double player in college.
“I think he’s got as much upside as anyone in 2016,” he said. “The growth he’s made in the last six months is staggering, really. When our staff talks about him, we always start with his motor. He’s just so active and always around the ball. At the rate he’s improving, he will be one of the few true double-double threats every time he steps on floor in college.”
That kind of praise and the underlying versatility brought a number of high major programs into the picture before DeLaurier reduced his list to a final six of Arizona, Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Stanford and Texas.
Being the most recent addition to the group, the Blue Devils have reportedly made up a lot of ground and had a chance to sit with the 6-foot-8 prospect on Monday.
“They told me that I would thrive at Duke, both on and off the floor. Coach K told me that the match was ideal for both parties. They see me being very versatile, especially defensively.”
DeLaurier claims no favorites, but did say that he was “unbelievably excited” with the newest development in his recruiting process. Next up will be a trip to Durham on October 24th.
“I’m looking forward to getting on campus and seeing everything up close,” he added.