The Duke Blue Devils will have the best recruiting class in the nation, yet again. Monday, four-star shooting guard Cassius Stanley, who was reportedly a “heavy favorite” to wind up in Durham, announced his intentions to play for the program.
Stanley is a 6-foot-5, 180-pound sharpshooter from Chatsworth, California who played for Sierra Canyon. He chose Duke over Kansas, Oregon and UCLA.
Stanley’s commitment gives Duke five players for its 2019 class. Three of them – Vernon Carey, Matthew Hurt and Wendell Moore – are five-star players. The other two are Stanley and Boogie Ellis, who are four-star players.
Stanley tweeted his decision via an Overtime video. At the end of the clip, he reveals a Duke jersey.
My Decision 😈 pic.twitter.com/z9wl8byq7w
— Cassius Stanley (@cassius_stanley) April 22, 2019
Four-star shooting guard Cassius Stanley, No. 29 recruit in the @247Sports composite, just committed to Duke over Kansas, Oregon and UCLA. All five of Duke's commitments in the 2019 class are top-35 prospects.
— Kyle Boone (@Kyle__Boone) April 22, 2019
Stanley had offers from Duke, Kansas, Oregon, UCLA, Arizona, Georgetown, Gonzaga, LSU, Oklahoma, Texas, UC Santa Barbara, UNLV, USC and Maryland.
Duke, after an incredible year that ended with a disappointing Elite Eight loss, is losing a great deal of talent. Freshmen Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish are all off to the NBA for sure. They also could lose junior Marques Bolden and junior Javin DeLaurier to the league as well.
Arizona, Kentucky, Villanova and USC round out the top five recruiting classes, at least at the moment.