Highly rated class of 2012 wing forward JP Tokoto held an open gym session on Tuesday night. Duke coaches attended the session, as did UNC’s Roy Williams, Kentucky’s John Calipari, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, and Illinois’ Bruce Weber.
The AAU basketball season is underway and this typically leads to a pickup in recruiting information. Here are a few newsworthy items from this weekends Boo Williams Invitational.
Justin Anderson – When asked about his dream school Anderson replied “Duke”. Anderson is a highly ranked SF from the class of 2012. The Duke staff will be checking in on him this summer.
Tyler Adams – Adams has been openly talking about his feelings for Duke at Boo Williams and everything he says has been very positive. We expect Tyler to visit Duke later this spring (likely in June). There is a very strong chance that Adams commits either during or in the weeks following the visit.
Austin Rivers – Rivers has also spoken very highly of Duke while at the Boo Williams tourney. He mentioned to BDI that he called the Duke coaching staff both before and after Duke’s national championship game on Monday. Rivers is still not saying what his official timeframe is for a decision, but there are strong rumors going around at Boo Williams that it will occur in late summer or early fall.
Stay tuned to BDI for more Duke recruiting news.
A few weeks ago, Blue Devil Insider broke the news regarding Shabazz Muhammad’s visit to Durham for the annual Duke-UNC matchup at Cameron Indoor Stadium. While in town Muhammad also stopped by the campus of rival North Carolina. The visit to UNC occurred the day after the Blue Devils’ victory over the Tar Heels. Not long after the visit to UNC several recruiting analysts began labeling North Carolina as the leader to land Muhammad. This idea was further reinforced by the fact that Roy Williams flew out to visit Muhammad in Nevada just 2 days after visiting North Carolina. Despite this action and the chatter of many recruiting analysts, BDI has learned that UNC is not the leader for Muhammad at this point in time. A source close to Muhammad noted that the young wing forward currently has no leaders and is simply looking to take the recruiting process one step at a time. The source also noted that Muhammad was unlikely to make a decision about where he would attend college anytime soon, although the class of 2012 wing is considering several schools including Arizona, Duke, UCLA, UNC, Texas, and a few others.
For Duke Basketball fans, very few things are more pleasing than Saturday night’s 82-50 drubbing of rival North Carolina. However, it turns out that there is more good news for Duke fans. In addition to the win over UNC, Blue Devil supporters will be pleased to know that 6 top recruits and prospects were in the house for the victory over the Tar Heels. Attendees from the class of 2010 included Kyrie Irving, Michael Haynes, and Josh Hairston. Also attending were Michael Gbinije and TJ Warren from the class of 2011. The final attendee was highly ranked recruit Shabazz Muhammad from the class of 2012. All in all, the victory over UNC was a great night for Duke Basketball in more ways than one.
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It’s a busy time of year for college and high school basketball players alike. At the college level teams are looking to qualify for the postseason while at the high school level playoffs are already underway. For many top recruits and prospects schedules are changing on a daily basis depending on the performance of their teams in state championship tournaments. Unfortunately for college basketball fans, this often means that prospects have to cancel visits to schools that are recruiting them.
Duke is one school that is not immune to the above problem. Duke has invited several top prospects from the classes of 2010, 2011, and 2012 to attend the upcoming game between the Blue Devils and the archrival North Carolina Tar Heels.
One prospect invited to the game is class of 2012 forward JP Tokoto. Unfortunately, Tokoto recently found out that his high school team has a playoff game the same day as the Duke-UNC matchup. Luckily for Duke, Tokoto’s game is early in the day and the Tokoto family is looking into flights down to Durham as JP has expressed an interest in seeing the Duke-UNC game in person if possible. Although this is a good sign for Duke, there is still no guarantee that the Tokoto family will be able to work out the logistics.
Austin Rivers, Duke’s top target for the class of 2011 also has a potential conflict. Rivers indicated some time ago that he planned to attend this years Duke-UNC game at Cameron Indoor. However, his high school team is widely regarded as one of the top teams in Florida and is expected to make the state finals. If Austin’s team makes the final game, Rivers will be on the court just a few hours before the Duke-North Carolina matchup tips off. If this scenario plays out, then Rivers may be unable to make the trip up to Durham.
Despite these potential scheduling conflicts several other top prospects are expected to be at the game.
Several Duke Basketball recruits and prospects from the classes of 2010, 2011, and 2012 are expected to attend the upcoming Duke vs. UNC game. Here is an overview of the players who may be at the matchup.
Kyrie Irving – Confirmed
Tyler Thornton – Confirmed
Josh Hairston – Confirmed
Austin Rivers – Confirmed (State title game may prevent attendance)
Marshall Plumlee – Expected to attend
Quincy Miller – Expected to attend
Michael Gbinije – Invited, attendance not confirmed
Shabazz Muhammad – Confirmed
Justin Anderson – Invited, attendance not confirmed
JP Tokoto – Invited, attendance not confirmed
The annual Duke – North Carolina game at Cameron Indoor Stadium continues to be a favorite stop for top recruits and prospects. Let’s hope this years matchup between the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels does not disappoint those in attendance.
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JP Tokoto, the highly sought after top ranked small forward of the class of 2012 is considering taking an unofficial visit to Duke for the upcoming game against North Carolina on March 6th. If Tokoto decides to attend, it would be the second time this season that the class of 2012 prospect has taken in a Blue Devil – Tar Heel matchup as he previously attended Duke vs. UNC in Chapel Hill. The visit would also be Tokoto’s third trip to Durham. Tokoto previously attended Duke’s elite camp over the summer and also briefly stopped by campus before the first Duke – North Carolina matchup in Chapel Hill. The invitation to attend Duke – UNC round 2 was first given out a few months back, but the possibility of an unofficial visit by the Tokoto family for the March 6th game picked up steam during the family’s stop in Durham in February. Although Tokoto is certainly interested in attending the matchup, he and his family are working out their schedules and have not been able to finalize a trip at this point in time. Blue Devil Insider will follow-up as soon as Tokoto’s final plans are known.
Several other top prospects are also expected to attend the second Duke – North Carolina matchup. The list of players expected to attend includes Shabazz Muhammad, Austin Rivers, Quincy Miller, and Justin Anderson. As usual, the Blue Devil – Tar Heel game continues to be a hot ticket for recruits and prospects.