Trevon Duval committed to Duke on Monday morning. It was a huge get for the Blue Devils and one of the biggest recruiting dominoes to fall in the 2017 basketball recruiting cycle.
Duval is rated as the No. 5 overall prospect in the 2017 class. Here are five things to know about the talented point guard:
Trevon Duval: 5 things to know
1. He’s arguably the best point guard in the class.
The 2017 class has a solid collection of floor generals, and Duval might just be the best. He’s ranked second in the 247Sports Composite rankings for point guards, behind only Alabama commit Collin Sexton, the No. 4 overall player in the class. Duval ranks ahead of UCLA commit Jaylen Hands, Oklahoma commit Trae Young and Kentucky commit Quade Green — all of whom are also 5-star players. All five of those players should get a shot to shine during the 2017-18 season at the collegiate level. In 11 months, we’ll know who had the best freshman season.
2. He can do a little bit of everything.
At 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, Duval has all the traits a team would look for in a point guard. He’s a great passer, especially in transition. But make no mistake; Duval can score for himself seemingly at will. He has a smooth jumper, but he is not afraid to attack the rim. He’s proved multiple times on the recruiting trail that he can soar above the basket and slam down highlight-reel dunks. He’s also an asset on the defensive end, where Duval’s athleticism can prevent most opposing players — especially those his size — from getting easy buckets.
3. Duke’s class is loaded — again.
No surprise here. Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils are bringing in another touted group in the 2017 class. With the addition of Duval, Duke now has six commits in its class — half of whom are 5-star recruits. Duval is the highest-ranked player in the group, and he is joined by 5-star power forward Wendell Carter (No. 6 overall), 5-star shooting guard Gary Trent Jr. (No. 16 overall), 4-star guard Alex O’Connell (No. 64 overall), 4-star small forward Jordan Tucker (No. 77 overall) and 3-star guard Jordan Goldwire (No. 372 overall).
It’s an impressive group that makes Duke a national title contender in the 2017-18 campaign, even after losing multiple players to the NBA draft. According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, the Blue Devils’ class is ranked second in the nation, behind only Kentucky, which has eight commits in its 2017 class.
4. He could very well be a lottery pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Duval is one of the most likely one-and-done candidates in the 2017 class, and he could have a bright NBA future ahead of him. He’ll make that decision in about a year, but if Duval has a solid freshman season and declares for the 2018 NBA Draft, he could very well become a lottery pick.
With his combination of size and play-making ability, Duval would be attractive to almost any NBA franchise, especially one looking for its point guard of the future. DraftExpress already has a mock draft for 2018, and Duval is projected to be selected 11th overall. A lot can change between now and then, but Duval could hear his name called by Adam Silver next June.
5. He could’ve gone anywhere.
Duval’s choice to pick Duke was not a huge surprise, but he could’ve picked pretty much any school in the country. The New Castle, Del,. native also had Seton Hall, Baylor, Arizona and Kansas in his top 5 but chose Duke. One Big Ten team, Maryland, had been on his top 9 list. While it seems like a no-brainer, a few top recruits in the 2017 class have opted to not commit to traditional powers. Michael Porter, the No. 1 recruit, is heading to Missouri. Sexton, the fellow PG, is off to Alabama. And 7-footer Mitchell Robinson, the No. 8 recruit in the class, is committed to Western Kentucky.