Duke basketball recruiting isn’t suffering in the slightest from losing Coach K to retirement. The Blue Devils’ 2023 recruiting class is already loaded.
After more than 40 years with Mike Krzyzewski leading the way, Duke basketball is beginning a new era with Jon Scheyer at the helm.
Blue Devils fans need only look at the recruiting rankings to assuage any fears about the transition.
Scheyer and his staff are already making sure the team will be well-stocked for the future.
No Coach K, no problem for Duke recruiting: Blue Devils 2023 class is stacked
Duke brought in the No. 1 recruiting class in 2022, per 247Sports, with three of the top five players signing on. They’re well on their way to taking the top spot for 2023 as well.
As it stands, the Blue Devils have the No. 1 class thanks to recent commitments from Mackenzie Mgbako and Tyrese Proctor. The former is the No. 3 player in the nation and the top small forward out there. The latter is a five-star combo guard ranking No. 4 at his position.
In fact, Duke has five commitments for the class ranking in the Top 30. Four of those are 247Sports composite five stars with Mgbako and Proctor joined by point guard Caleb Foster and shooting guard Jared McCain. Four-star power forward Sean Stewart is a four-star prospect but still ranks No. 29 nationally and No. 5 at his position.
No one else has more than one five-star commit let alone four.
Obviously, recruiting rankings only matter so much. It takes a top-level coach to put together a team capable of competing for national championships. The Blue Devils have had that in Coach K for decades. They’re banking on Scheyer keeping the program at the top. Making sure his roster is stocked with talent is a very good start.
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