In an effort to secure their first commit in the class of 2019 after a string of misses that included Bryan Antoine (Villanova) and Josiah James (Tennessee), the Duke Blue Devils have reached out to two 4 star combo guards. Boogie Ellis, who is thought to be a USC lean and who was offered by UNC the first week of September has now also been offered by the Blue Devils. Ellis is out of Mission Bay in San Diego California and has been on a steady rise in the rankings and could very well end up a top 10 player by the end of his high school career.
The Blue Devils have also shown an interest in Anthony Harris out of Fairfax, VA’s Paul VI. Harris is know more as a defensive-minded prospect but with the athleticism and floor game to have an effect on both ends. Harris has had a long standing relationship with Virginia Tech and they are thought to be the leader for his services but with Harris set to visit Durham this weekend anything is possible. Harris impressed many with his Peach Jam performance this past season and is someone the Duke has been watching for a while. Harris could be a perfect fit for a staff that craves and covets versatility. Harris could bring a toughness on defense that Duke has lacked in the backcourt for some time. What is clear on both accounts is that Coach K and staff have a lot of ground to make up with these recruits.
One factor working in the Blue Devils favor is a history of success at the position. With Tre Jones currently at the helm at point guard it could be a win-win for either guard coming in with the scenarios being that either Tre Jones plays well enough to be an early entrant to the NBA draft leaving the PG spot visually open – or Tre Jones returning for a sophomore season and playing alongside the talented ball-handler much in the way Duke used Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones and even prior to that with Chris Duhon and Jason Williams. In each instance those teams cut down the nets and each guard ended up in the NBA.
Duke was also recently visited by their main target in the class Wendell Moore. Very little has come out regarding the visit but Duke is still in a strong position to land the 6’5 guard/forward. The promise of being the jewel of the class and a plethora of playing time with Duke most likely losing 4-5 players from the current roster.
There are still several other players on the board for Duke but as the 2018 season gets underway the field is certainly shrinking.