Duke has its point guard.
Trevon Duval, the top point guard in the college basketball recruiting class, picked the Blue Devils on Monday.
The 6-3, 190-pound guard, ranked as the No. 5 overall prospect in the class of 2017 by 247Sports, made his announcement on The Players’ Tribune. He picked Duke over Arizona, Kansas and Baylor. He is the sixth player, and third in the top 20, to join Duke’s incoming freshmen class.
Duval fills a need and bolsters a revamped Duke lineup, which has to replace eight scholarship players from its ACC championship team. Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski believes in “positionless” basketball but Duke could have used more of a traditional playmaker last season.
With senior guard Grayson Allen coming back, and top recruits shooting guard Gary Trent and forward Wendell Carter coming in, Duval gives Krzyzewski a quarterback to guide the offense. Duval averaged 16.2 points and 7.7 assists per game for IMG Academdy in Bradenton, Fla. as a high school senior and, like Trent and Carter, was a McDonald’s All-American.
Duke has made quick work since losing out on wing Kevin Knox (who opted for Kentucky) and then losing freshman guard Frank Jackson to the NBA draft. Four-star wing Jordan Tucker committed on Saturday and Duval followed on Monday.
That gives the Blue Devils a potential lineup of Duval, Allen, Trent, Carter and big man Marques Bolden for next season, which will put them among the favorites to the win the ACC.