‘The best’ recruits to watch from the Duke basketball program

As recruiting season gets underway, a few names are becoming increasingly familiar: Luke Kennard, Josh Hart, and a few others.

All of these names are currently at Duke, and are among the best players in the country.

Now that the Blue Devils are officially back in the NCAA Tournament, they’ll need to take a few steps forward in the coming weeks to make it to the Elite Eight, which would put them in contention for an Elite Eight spot.

Here’s a look at the top five players in this year’s recruiting class, as well as the best-known recruits who could potentially make a splash on the court this season.

 The best recruits to Watch from the Blue Devil Basketball program (in order of preference) 1.

Luke Kennards The 5’11” 6-foot-4 guard is one of the most intriguing prospects in the recruiting class.

He averaged 17.4 points per game last season, and shot 42.2 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from three-point range.

Kennard is an elite athlete, and his game is reminiscent of former Duke great Marcus Smart.

A true freshman, Kennard was the most impressive player in Duke’s recruiting classes of 2015-16, according to 247sports.com.

Kennards had a strong senior season at Duke last year, averaging 19.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

2.

Josh Hart Hart has been rated the No. 1 recruit in the state of North Carolina for some time now, according the 247sports composite rankings.

The 6-9 guard has been ranked as high as No. 7 in the ESPN 100 since March of this year.

He averaged 10.5 assists per game as a senior last year.

Hart is an explosive athlete, who is capable of making jump shots from distance.

Hart is also a versatile player, who can play either forward or small forward.

Hart could become a very valuable addition to the Blue Demon’s offense this season, especially with their new-look line-up.

3.

Josh Jackson The 6-8 forward is currently ranked as the No, 3-star prospect in the Class of 2019.

Jackson averaged 12.3 points per contest as a junior, and was the only player to score in double figures as a sophomore.

He’s a skilled athlete who can shoot from deep.

Jackson is one to watch in the 2017-18 class, and could be a major factor in the Blue Demons chances of making the NCAA tournament.

4.

Kameron Williams Williams was the No., 2-star recruit in this class in 2019.

The guard averaged 11.2 points per play as a freshman, and finished with 7.8 rebounds per contest.

Williams is a versatile scorer who can score from the perimeter, and is capable enough to guard multiple positions.

Williams has shown great improvement over the last couple of years, and will likely have a bigger impact in the future.

5.

Jordan Smith Smith was ranked as one of four high-profile recruits in this recruiting class in the 247Sports composite rankings last year; the 6-7 guard averaged 9.6 points per-game and was one of Duke’s most consistent scorers in 2017-2018.

Smith is a good athlete, but not nearly as good as many of the other players listed above.

Smith will likely be playing alongside the likes of Trevon Bluiett, the team’s leading scorer, in the offense this year, which will help Smith have a more impactful impact.