Watch out ACC. Duke is adding yet another five-star prospect to its top-ranked 2018 recruiting class.
Five-star forward Joey Baker announced Wednesday he is reclassifying to 2018 and will enroll at Duke in the fall. He had committed to the Blue Devils in October as a member of the 2019 class
“The coaching staff and I felt it was the best option for this upcoming year,” Baker said. “I’ll be challenged to grow on and off the court.”
Baker, ranked No. 15 in the ESPN 60 for 2019, is a 6-foot-7 forward from Trinity Christian School in North Carolina.
Baker is now the fifth five-star prospect in Duke’s 2018 class, joining the top three prospects in the country — R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish — and five-star point guard Tre Jones.
Duke lost its entire starting five from last year. Grayson Allen will graduate. Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter Jr., Gary Trent Jr. and Trevon Duval all have chosen to leave early for the NBA draft and hire agents.