The July evaluation period is an extremely important one for most major college basketball teams, and it also reveals the recruiting priorities for each team. Considering the camp Duke went to, most of us can infer what Duke wants in this offseason. Out of adidas’ Gauntlet Finale in Georgia, Nike’s Peach Jam in South Carolina, and Under Armour’s All-American Camp in Charlotte, coach Mike Krzyzewski attended the the Adidas event. After putting on an impressive show, class of 2016’s point guard Dennis Smith caught Coach K’s eyes, and it seems the Blue Devils will go all in to get the young star.
Krzyzewski was joined by assistants Jon Scheyer and Jeff Capel at the Adidas event to watch Smith, and the rest of Team Loaded NC. Smith is looked at as number four in the class of 2016 by most national rankings, only trailing wing Josh Smith, and alternate possibilities for Duke in Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum. He holds the number one rank of all point guards in the class by ESPN.
Smith has been classified as an unbelievable talent offensively, having speed, shooting range, upside potential, and exceptional explosiveness to get to the rim. In other words, he kicks absolute ass and will be a tremendous help to any team he chooses.
According to Zags Blog, Smith said Louisville is recruiting him the hardest at the moment. But he has also listed other suitors, such as North Carolina State, Wake Forest, North Carolina University, Kansas, and Florida.
Duke has already lost one promising point guard, when Tyus Jones (class of 2014) joined the NBA after only one season. It appears Coach K is nervous his new point guard Darryck Thornton will do the same, for good reason.