Two Dukes basketball commitments predict the 2019 class will eventually include four McDonald's Americans.
Since their commitments during the last months of 2018, five-star 2019 recruits Vernon Carey Jr. and Wendell Moore has fully committed himself to the Duke basketball program and its fan base by embarking on recruitment efforts.
They have used social media to publicly call other top recruits to become Blue Devils. And they have regularly shown optimism that burns fans' giddiness about the potential star power of 2019-20 rosters.
At McDonald's All-American Game festivities this week, Carey Jr. and Moore shared their optimism with another level during an interview with rivals.com. Both predicted that two McDonald's Americans will join them as the freshmen Blue Devils next season: five-star power forward Matthew Hurt and Trendon Watford.
Carey Jr., a 6-foot-1
"He'll be with Duke with me."
Simple as that.
Moore agrees. But the 6-foot-5, 210-pound small forward, standing No. 22 and dropped 13 points during the match Wednesday night – without missing a shot from the field or charity strip – was a bit more proper to discuss Hurt & # 39; landing place:
"Of course I want to say Duke. I want him to come to Duke. I work on him."
Duke fans certainly thank Moore for that.
Hurt would specialize in bucket making for the Blue Devils if he ends up in Durham. Although the 6-foot-9, 215-pound rows number 8 only scored eight points in McDonald's All-American Game, he had an average of 37 points for his senior season and scored nearly 4,000 across his career.
The Rochester, Minn., Native plans to announce his election on April 19 and appear to be down to four blueblood finalists: Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and UNC. Currently, 247Sports Crystal Ball Duke is the favorite with 53 percent of expert picks.
Hurt's engagement alone would probably induce Duke's 2019 class from No. 9 in the nation, per. 247Sports to No. 1 (would mark the Fourth consecutive envy of the Blue Devil of all other classes and fifths in the last six years).
As for Watford – a 6-foot-9, 230-pound Birmingham, Ala., Native who sports a polished all-round game, scored 13 points as a starter in McDonald's All-American Game and seems undervalued by its No. 27 ranking – he plans to announce the day after Hurt.
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And while it may seem like a stretch to expect two five-star streams to go ahead, Duke on the back two-back days – after all, most McDonald's Americans rightly expect to start as freshmen – Carey Jr. and Moore depicts both the scenario that plays out.
Expl that he does not assume that the Blue Age also lands Watford – he does not yet have a duke offer but still lists at school in his last five along with LSU, Memphis, Alabama and Indiana – Carey Jr. said this:
"[The Duke coaches] shows interest in him, and I think he must make a visit and they will offer him on that trip."
Again Moore agrees:
" I must say Duke, too. I think he might surprise some people. "
If the predictions of Carey Jr. and Moore is correct, the blue devils would surprise some people – but not those who have noted coach Mike Krzyzewski's unprecedented recruiting ability this decade their ability to reload probably all four of their freshmen starters bolting to the NBA after this season.
Side note: Eight of the nine McDonald's Americans Rivals interviewed picking Duke to land Hurt. The only one who was not UNC commits Armando Bacot, who of course – hopefully mistakenly – sees Hurt as a future Tar Heel. As for Watford's predictions, only Carey Jr. and Moore him as a future Blue Devil (UNC target Cole Anthony indicated that his prediction for Watford is a tie between Duke and LSU).
In addition to Carey Jr. and Moore, Duke has a commitment from four-star combo guard Boogie Ellis, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound San Diego native who ranks No. 34, but did not receive honor as a McDonald's All-American.
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Duke's only current outstanding 2019 offer is to Hurt.
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