CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Top-50 national prospect David Duke has emerged as one of the top guards in the nation in the 2018 class.
The 6-foot-3 prospect was outstanding this spring for coach Vin Pastore’s exceptional Mass Rivals’ AAU program, which went unbeaten at the 17U level during the 2016 spring and summer.
Mass Rivals went unbeaten this spring on the adidas Gauntlet, and Duke’s play was a big part of that.
Duke is a four-star prospect ranked No. 50 nationally in the 2018 class by Scout.com.
Indiana has been watching and communicating with Duke and on Thursday night, IU coach Archie Miller offered a scholarship.
"It was great," Duke said between games at the NBPA Top 100 camp. "I've been talking to (assistant) coach (Bruiser) Flint for a while now and to coach Miller. Last night he called me and officially gave me the offer.
"I was excited about it. It's a great school and he's a great coach.”
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Duke who plays high school basketball for Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Mass., now has offers from Indiana, Providence, Villanova and others and is looking to visit Florida and possibly some other schools, including Kansas and Wake Forest.
Duke has had a chance to talk with Miller several times.
"He thinks I could fit perfectly into his playing style," Duke said. "He wants to be one of the schools that recruit me the heaviest in this process.”
Duke also has been talking with Flint for a while.
“He’s more of a guy that’s trying to build a relationship other than basketball, too,” Duke said. “It’s been great. I’ve gotten to know him a little bit.”
Duke said an Indiana visit at some point is possible, but nothing is scheduled just yet.
He said he wants to learn “more about their playing style and their player development. That’s a big factor.”
A number of schools are involved with Duke at the moment.
“Providence is the hometown school. Florida is just as involved. Kansas, Wake Forest, Indiana within the past couple days has really picked it up. Virginia Tech, Virginia and there are some more.”
Duke doesn’t have any visits planned at the moment. He plans to schedule official visits after AAU season ends in late July.
He said he may cut his list toward the end of summer or early fall and isn’t locked into any kind of decision timetable.