Four star power forward Javin DeLaurier can relate to Duke’s up and down season. That’s because both the Blue Devils and St. Anne-Belfield School have endured extended losing streaks, and both have bounced back strong.
“The season is going fairy well for us,” said DeLaurier. “We started off slow and dropped four of our first five games, but since then we have gone 13-1.”
Scout.com’s No. 40 overall prospect is a big reason for the turnaround, averaging 22 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and three blocks for his team. Those numbers have caught the eyes of several post season awards committees.
“I’ve received a few invitations to play in some spring All-Star games, but I am going to wait until the end of the season before I worry about those.”
As noted above, DeLaurier is part of a four-man class that Scout ranks as the No. 2 class in the country. The 6-foot-8 Virginia prospect joins the nation’s No. 1 prospect, Harry Giles, No. 2 Jayson Tatum, and No. 17 overall, Frank Jackson. It’s a quartet that many analysts believe will put Duke back among the top three teams in the nation because of the versatile nature of each player.
“That’s how they see me and the class as a whole. We are versatile and they’ll allow us to do a lot of different things that will make us dangerous. Our class has a tremendous level of expectation heading in, but I think we’re more than up for those challenges.”
One thing that has fueled such optimism has been the level of comfort the four players have with one another and with the program as a whole.
“We all keep in touch, but I don’t think I’ve learned anything new about anyone [since we committed]. Rather, I’ve reaffirmed my belief that this class is a special group of guys, and I can’t wait to play with them.”
And while he’s excited and believes his class is ready to take on the college basketball world, DeLaurier is also realistic.
“I am just trying to get better. I’m constantly trying to develop and improve my overall game so that I can come in and be ready to go. College is a huge leap forward from this level.”
When he arrives next year, DeLaurier says he’d like to wear No. 21, but acknowledges “it depends on what the other guys are going to do, and who is there next year.”
As for his most recent experience in Cameron?
“It was a great game and, as always, it’s awesome getting back to Cameron. Depending on how our [high school[ postseason goes, I’m trying to come back for the game against North Carolina.