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Commitment from Trevon Duval gives Duke powerhouse 2017 recruiting class

IMG Academy's Trevon Duval #1 committed to play at Duke Monday
IMG Academy's Trevon Duval #1 committed to play at Duke Monday AP

Five-star point guard Trevon Duval announced Monday that he’s going to play for Coach K.

Duval, one of the nation’s most sought-after players, will play at Duke. He made his decision public via a short story and video on the Players Tribune website.

“Next year,” he said, “I’m going to be playing basketball at Duke University. I’m excited to evolve as a student, a basketball player and, now and forever, as a Blue Devil.”

Duval is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior who played at Florida’s IMG Academy last season. IMG was upset by Greensboro Day at the DICKS’ NATIONALS high school basketball tournament in New York last April. Duval is ranked No. 5 overall by ESPN and the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2017. He reportedly chose Duke over Arizona, Baylor, Kansas and Seton Hall.

His commitment gives Duke three of the nation’s top seven players and a recruit at a position of need for the Blue Devils, with freshman point guard Frank Jackson hiring an agent and declaring for the NBA draft.

In total, the Blue Devils now have five recruits ranked in ESPN’s Top 100 rankings. Scout.com has bumped Duke’s recruiting class from No. 5 nationally to No. 2 with the addition of Duval.

Joining Duval in Durham next year will be Georgia’s Wendell Carter, a 6-9 power forward ranked No. 4 by ESPN; and Minnesota’s Gary Trent Jr., a 6-5 shooting guard ranked No. 7 by ESPN. Duke also commitments from two more Georgia high school stars: Jordan Tucker, a 6-7 small forward ranked No. 40 by ESPN, and 6-6 shooting guard Alex O’Connell, ranked No. 84. The Blue Devils have also signed guard Jordan Goldwire, a three-star recruit ranked outside the top 100.

The recruits will likely be expected to contribute early. Blue Devils star Grayson Allen, a 6-5 rising senior, is the only returning Duke player who averaged more than 10 minutes per game last season.

Other returning scholarship players are forwards Marques Bolden, Javin DeLaurier, Antonio Vrankovic.