DeLaurier is a superlative run/jump athlete with straight-up leaping ability, excellent timing for blocked shots, above average post footwork and a workable facing jump shot. He has improved vastly during the course of his high school career, and that sudden progress has enabled him to earn consideration as a blue-chip prospect. Meanwhile, he’s also an excellent student.
Strengths: (1) Athleticism (2) Post Play (3) Shot-Blocking
Weaknesses: (1) Ball-handling (2) Passing (3) Face-up game
DeLaurier reduced his list to a final six of Arizona, Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Stanford and Texas in mid-August. He has taken official visits to Stanford and Texas at this point. Duke was a late arrival to the party, but the Blue Devils have already conducted an in-school and in-home visit, and asked to move the official visit from late October to this weekend.</p>
“Duke actually started recruiting me during the high school season,” said DeLaurier of the Blue Devils’ approach. “Coach Nate James reached out and they came and watched during July. After the in-home, we just had an in-home with them, things just started clicking well from there.”
The interest went from “clicking well” to full throttle in the last 10 days as Coach K made a scholarship offer in-person and then asked to move up the visit. Things appear to be trending strongly for the Blue Devils, and this weekend could certainly move things along towards a decision.
”It depends, it will depend on how things go at [Duke],” said DeLaurier of his next steps. “I will see how things go. I’m obviously very excited but I’m still trying to take it one step at a time.”
The Potential Fit:
Currently the Blue Devils’ projected 2016-2017 roster has a number of centers with Chase Jeter, Antonio Vrankovic, and Sean Obi already on board. Duke is also recruiting the nation's top rated big man in the current senior class, Marques Bolden who visited last weekend. Where the roster is projected to be thin - at least long term - is at the power forward position.
That's not to say there aren't a number options for Duke at the forward position as things currently stand. Duke could play Jeter alongside one of Vrankovic or Obi, or Coach K may opt for a more traditional Blue Devil rotation by placing current commit, 6-foot-8 Jayson Tatum as the stretch four beside a post.
And, of course, Duke is considered a major player in the recruitment of the nation's top overall player, 6-foot-10 Harry Giles of Oak Hill Academy. However, even if the Blue Devils landed Giles, he would most certainly be gone after one season (along with, most likely, Tatum), which is the role DeLaurier is being recruited to fill — both initially and later in his career.
"[The coaches have presented a role] where I come in and contribute immediately as a freshman. The way I play with my motor and athleticism, I would be able to contribute immediately, as long as I continue to develop and put in the work."
Projected Duke Frontcourt (2016-2017):
PF - Harry Giles (possible)
C- Chase Jeter; Antonio Vrankovic; Sean Obi; Marques Bolden (possible)