Duke’s next basketball head coach should keep a Chicago tradition intact.
DJ steward. Jahlil Okafor. Jabari Parker. Jon Scheyer. Sean Dockery. Corey Maggette. Chris Collins. Phil Henderson. Mike Krzyzewski. There is more. Yet this mostly five-star group on their own – with the longest-serving head coach and fourth guy on the list acting as their reliable goalie and pending successor – would stand up to any assortment of Duke’s basketball legends.
But other than being good at sports, what do these nine have in common? Well, they’re all Illinois Duke Blue Devils, whether in or around the Chicago area.
In other words, when it comes to the college basketball recruiting world, Durham became a magnet in Chicago during Krzyzewski’s 42 years in town.
Duke is recruiting in Illinois to continue
Obviously, Jon Scheyer and Duke’s basketball assistants have their eye on Windward City when they envision two years. With new recruiting autonomy while preparing to ascend the throne following Mike Krzyzewski’s upcoming farewell tour, the 33-year-old has his future crew taking notes on Chicago’s first 2023 class product at Kenwood five star small forward JJ Taylor.
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7th in the general classification 247Sport 2023 Composite, it’s no surprise that Taylor already has offers from Illinois, Kansas, and Texas. Additionally, according to his conversation this week with recruiter Andrew Slater, the 6-foot-8, 195-pound long limb show is now see the interest from Duke, Kentucky and Michigan as well.
This is how Eric Bossi from 247Sport summarized the game of the phenomenon in April:
“There will be a lot of change in the rankings by the time the 2023 class graduates, but little five-star striker JJ Taylor appears to be built to stay near the top in the long run and it’s a to know. “
“Taylor is all you want in a modern little striker. He can put the ball on the ground, he has reach over the jumper, he finishes over the rim and he can also be played as a small ball to the ground. four depending on how a team wants to play.
Judging by that rating and the highlight strip above, it’s safe to say Taylor would add yet another certifiable weapon to an all-time Chicago Blue Devils squad.
Finally, one would think that Scheyer & Co. must be aware that JJ Taylor is the only prospect among the top 50 in the category from Illinois.