The rich truly get richer, as Duke won the sweepstakes for five-star recruit Matthew Hurt. It’s not just a move that impacts the Blue Devils for next season, but it also affects the entire landscape of college basketball.
With Hurt heading to Durham for his collegiate career, the Blue Devils now have three elite recruits for 2019. They also have taken a massive leap in the overall recruiting class rankings.
In fact, 247Sports now has Duke as the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation. This move pushes Arizona down to the second spot in the team rankings.
Duke has three five-star recruits and a four-star recruit in its class at the moment.
The top freshman for the Blue Devils this year will be Vernon Carey. Many scouts believe he’ll be a one-and-done player for Mike Krzyzewski.
Wendell Moore and Boogie Ellis are also part of this incoming group for Duke, which will result in championship expectations for the program.
Duke now has the No. 1 recruiting class in the @247Sports Team Rankings with the addition of Matthew Hurt to Vernon Carey, Boogie Ellis & Wendell Moore.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) April 19, 2019
In addition, the Blue Devils are the favorites to land Cassius Stanley, who is the No. 3 shooting guard of his class.
After losing a trio of superstar prospects to the NBA Draft, it would make sense for Duke to slightly struggle the following season. However, having the top recruiting class in college basketball should keep the team on the right track for the foreseeable future.