Duke Hosting Many High Majors at CTC

Each year the season opening scrimmage serves a number of purposes - from celebrating the present to pitching the future. When this year's curtain is raised at Countdown to Craziness, it'll be in front of a number of big time recruits. Here's the list.


Notes: 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.

Notes: 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.

Notes: Carter is the top prospect on the recruiting board for the class of 2017. The 6-foot-9 Georgia big man is ranked No. 2 overall in the current junior class, and has already visited the Blue Devils multiple times. Recently the Duke coaching staff visited with Carter and his family in Georgia and made an impression as Carter’s mother told TDD. “It was a long visit and they got the opportunity to tell us a lot about Duke, and Duke the University, the quality education that it is, the fact that Wendell will have the opportunity to receive an education from a very prestigious institution that is world-renowned. They talked about the basketball program and the long-term success they have with the program and the longevity of course with Coach K and his influence. He’s just an interesting guy, he just has great character and great moral standards. Other coaches have come across well I must say, but we find it very interesting that a coach of his caliber also has time to give personal attention to the players and even to the people he’s recruiting.”

Notes: Carter may be the top overall prospect on the board, but Trent is the top backcourt prospect in the class of 2017. Trent is rated No. 14 overall in the junior class and as the best scoring guard. Carter and Trent have both openly discussed playing together with one another at the same school. “When we were at USA Basketball and we were just talking saying that if we went to the same college or university—it’d be great,” said Trent. “We could do something big and we were talking about going to college together potentially.”

Notes: Jones, the younger brother of national title winner, Tyus Jones, has earned his own interest from Duke recently. He just picked up a scholarship offer from the Blue Devils as well. The comparisons to his brother are going to be obvious -- and Tre displayed a runner similar to Tyus on a few occasions -- but Tre is hoping to establish himself as a better defender the next few years before he enters college. "I feel like my defensive ability and intensity to get after it on that end [make me unique to my brother]," Tre said." I really focus on that part when it comes to games and practice. If things aren't going on offense, I can always have defense and just go from there."

Notes: Duke is tracking Quickley as one of the top potential prospects in the class of 2018. A native of Baltimore, Quickly burst onto the season this summer with a number of strong performances. “I have focused on getting stronger and being a better defender on the help side as well as on the ball,” noted Quickley. “Also I have worked on my point guard skills.” Recruiting wise a lot of schools have begun to show significant interest in Quickley. “Washington, Cincinnati, South Florida, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, Syracuse, and there are other schools as well,” noted Quickley.

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