Five Star 2017 PG Fielding Duke Interest

COLORADO SPRINGS -- This spring, Collin Sexton took the grassroots basketball world by storm as the Class of 2017 guard led the EYBL in scoring.

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COLORADO SPRINGS -- This spring, Collin Sexton took the grassroots basketball world by storm as the Class of 2017 guard led the EYBL in scoring.

Recently cemented as a five-star prospect by Scout.com, the 6-foot-2 Sexton averaged a staggering 31.7 points per game this spring as he led the EYBL in scoring by nearly nine points per game over his nearest competitor.

With Duke seeking guards in the Class of 2017, Sexton has become a recent target of the Blue Devils as he confirmed with TDD that coaches from Duke were in touch this week.

"Duke, I talked to them yesterday," Sexton said. "They said they got on me pretty late, but they’re starting to show some interest."

To go along with the recent interest from Duke, Sexton said that Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Iowa State, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas were the schools recruiting him the hardest. Although interest from Duke often carries significant clout with many recruits, Sexton is just focused on what he needs to do to improve as a player. 

"Nothing is going to change," Sexton said. "Always going to work hard and try to be the best that I can be."

As for the next few weeks, Sexton is focused on making the best of his USA Basketball U17 World Championship experience. Although he was a first-timer during tryouts, Sexton quickly endeared himself to his teammates and coaches by playing his intense brand of ball. 
It's also been a learning experience for Sexton, however, because the USA coaches want him to play more as a point guard than just a pure scorer.
 
"It's a great experience. Just being invited, that's a big deal," Sexton said. "Here, they want me to be a floor general and a facilitator. So I'm trying to find everybody else, let everybody else score and have a good game. I'm not worried about getting shots. I know I can score, I think everyone else knows I can score. But they want to see the other facets of the game, which is passing and leading a team."
Sexton played in the Nike EYBL with many of his future USA Basketball teammates and he believes that he caught a few of them off-guard with how well he can handle the point guard position.

"Some of them thought I was just going to come score the ball a lot. But that's not what they want, that's not what they're looking for," Sexton said. "There's so many scorers out here. I'm trying to get those scorers shots by passing, facilitating and running the team."
As a scorer, Sexton was very impressive getting to the free-throw line this spring as he led the EYBL with 181 made free throws in only 16 games. To put those numbers in context, the second place finisher in made free throws, Trae Young, finished with 90 makes over that same span.

"I'm pretty much always in attack mode to the rim. I shoot a lot of free throws a game. Like, 15 a game. That's just my reputation," Sexton said. "High ball screen and attack very hard to the rim and have the defense on their heels. Or if I get it off of a rebound, I'm pushing it up the court. That's hard to stop in transition."
Most coaches are currently recruiting Sexton to be a combo guard at the next level but he's looking for a college program that will give him some early minutes to find his role. Sexton is still figuring things out in the recruiting process, but he has a few factors in mind when looking towards the next level.
"Education, my relationship with the coaches and being able to come in and play. That's big," Sexton said.

Regarded as the No. 27 overall player in Scout.com's latest Class of 2017 national rankings, Sexton also averaged 5.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game this spring while shooting 45 percent from the field and 85 percent from three-point range. 

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