Last week, five-star forward Jalen Johnson officially announced his commitment to Duke. It wasn’t shocking to see head coach Mike Krzyzewski land another top recruit, but this case was different due to the prospect’s connection with another program.
Johnson, who was born in Milwaukee, always had the Wisconsin Badgers on his radar. The chance to play near his hometown and a team that constantly makes the NCAA Tournament is tough to pass up.
It’s far too early to determine if he’ll be a one-and-done prospect. However, the way schools were in pursuit of Johnson does hint at how much potential he holds.
Wisconsin definitely had the edge in terms of location, but Johnson revealed that his mindset changed once he developed a relationship with Duke.
From WISN 12 ABC:
“Growing up I didn’t like Duke. To be completely honest, I didn’t like Duke. Once I got a relationship with them, I kind of knew this was the place I wanted to be. I see myself growing as not only a basketball player but as a person, and just having that was huge for my family. I think that is what led to the decision.”
His decision speaks volumes to how Duke has become the best school in recent years when it comes to recruiting.
According to 247Sports, Duke has the No. 1 recruiting class for 2020 which features a pair of five-star recruits.
Johnson, the No. 4 overall recruit from his year, is currently the top player from the Blue Devils’ class.