Duke basketball goes by way of a transition with a brand new coach in Jon Scheyer. That doesn’t imply, nonetheless, that the recruiting has not fallen off in any respect. In his first 12 months as coach, Scheyer pulled within the top-ranked recruiting class, numerous whom had been on our one-and-done listing that went out earlier this summer time. 4 of the ten recruits (together with transfers) are rated as five-star gamers, and will all conceivably enter the NBA Draft after one season in Durham. If that holds, Scheyer might produce fairly the gathering of potential Duke freshmen draftees for 2023.
The Blue Devils could possibly be probably the most proficient staff within the nation this 12 months. For those who’re a San Antonio Spurs fan, you have to be watching them. French product Victor Wembenyama and the G League’s Scoot Henderson are the clear minimize prime picks on this class. Nonetheless, there’s loads of nice ones who can vie for the third by way of tenth picks. That is the place the Spurs are prone to find yourself in the event that they by some means don’t get a top-two choose. The 4 Blue Devils beneath have one of the best possibilities of getting drafted by the Spurs. In parentheses is their rankings in accordance with 247Sports.
Potential Duke Draftees in 2023
Dereck Vigorous II (No. 1 Total)
The 7-foot-1, 215-pound phenom is prone to be the primary collegiate participant off the board within the 2023 NBA Draft. That shall be particularly so if Vigorous delivers in massive moments and in massive video games for Scheyer this 12 months. He can run the ground, he’s a superb lob goal, has strong put up footwork, and has a burgeoning jumper.
Vigorous strikes extremely nicely at his measurement, which ought to assist him guard some smaller gamers. He has lengthy arms, which have been nice for safeguarding the rim and bothering the entire photographs in his neighborhood. Vigorous must placed on some weight to be a more practical paint presence, as he’ll in all probability get pushed round on the NBA stage along with his present construct.
His three-point shot isn’t constant but, nevertheless it has the makings to be a weapon for him down the highway. Whereas that could be a wrestle for Vigorous now, he has his put up sport to lean on for security. He has a number of go-to strikes and he seems to be clean and cozy when he posts up towards anyone, nevermind smaller guys. Vigorous favors going over the left shoulder a bit, however can go both method with a child hook. He pivots nicely and makes use of counters to his benefit as nicely.
Dariq Whitehead (No. 2 Total)
The 6-foot-6, 190-pound wing is a two-and-a-half-level scorer. Whitehead is snug taking pictures in all places on the ground. With some work wanted within the mid-range, he isn’t afraid to tug his shot from deep. Whitehead drives exhausting, however is aware of when to cease, pop, and flip up a floater. He has wonderful physique management and a fast shot when he decides to pop from a standstill – a transfer he makes use of typically to catch defenders off-balance.
Whitehead cuts nicely and makes use of display screen pretty nicely each on and off the ball. He’s higher with on-ball screens as he mixes up when he runs his defender into one or denies it altogether, catching his man already making an attempt to get by way of the display screen or off-balance. He can end by way of some contact and is slightly inventive in getting round guys at occasions, however he doesn’t do that usually.
What can’t be burdened sufficient is that Whitehead is an explosive athlete who can play above the rim. He could need to work on the mid-range a bit, however ought to have loads of possibilities to do this in-game as one of many main focuses of the offense for Duke within the 2022-23 season.
Kyle Filipowski (No. 4 Total)
This 6-foot-11, 220-pound massive man may appear to be a traditional back-to-the-basket participant, he has a pleasant shot and could possibly be a significant ground spacer on the subsequent stage. He’s acquired main Plumlee vibes as a man who will energize a crowd and make some massive performs for the Blue Devils subsequent 12 months. I don’t know if it’s attainable to play him and Vigorous collectively, however they are going to be difficult one another. These practices could be higher than quite a lot of video games we get to see on tv.
Filipowski is a smoother shooter, however slightly sluggish in any other case. Although he handles the ball fairly nicely at his measurement, getting quicker needs to be a precedence for him throughout his time in Durham. He has quite a lot of Duke qualities in that he performs exhausting, you possibly can see him slapping the ground loads, and he’s going to get Cameron Indoor rocking with a number of performs each sport.
Whereas he could not use it on a regular basis, he has an excellent put up sport and might get virtually something he desires down low. Filipowski has some spin strikes, can fade away, and overpowers defenders at occasions. He’s enjoyable to observe and could be an enormous man’s Grayson Allen as he likes to be vocal and might agitate opponents.
Mark Mitchell (No. 22 Total)
The 6-foot-8, 215-pound freshman could be the solely true energy ahead on this staff. That would simply make him extra priceless than individuals understand, or it might make him the odd man out. As no video games have been performed but, we don’t understand how coach Scheyer likes to rotate his guys.
Mitchell’s acquired practical athleticism, may be explosive off two toes. Moreover, he performs nicely with each palms regardless of being a pure lefty. He makes performs off the dribble, will get to the rim, and use his power to complete these performs on the rim. Mitchell has been stepping out to shoot the three extra typically, however must present extra consistency on the collegiate stage.
Capable of defend a number of positions, Mitchell is a wonderful rebounder, and might play within the put up when wanted. He slashes nicely to the basket and has a pleasant really feel for the sport. Whereas he’s not often called an excellent playmaker, Mitchell’s versatility as a combo ahead ought to are available hand for Duke.
Tyrese Proctor (No. 27 Total)
This 6-foot-5, 180-pound level guard attended the NBA International Academy and was dedicated to Duke for the 2023 recruiting class. As an alternative, he reclassified and will turn out to be the start line guard this season if he outplays junior Jeremy Roach together with a number of different guards who’re on campus.
Proctor is coming from the Josh Giddey and Dyson Daniels pipeline, so there are some good emotions about that. Each of these guys went within the top-10 of their respective drafts. Proctor must turn out to be a greater shooter, however is extra of a pure level guard than both of the beforehand talked about gamers. He pushes tempo nicely and is mature at his age. A strong playmaker for his teammates, he’s fairly unselfish as well.
Along with his expertise, Proctor has the prospect to be an excellent perimeter defender. He strikes his toes nicely and performs near the ball handler, and may have loads of alternatives to point out that at Duke this season. There’s an out of doors probability that Proctor declares for the NBA Draft after this season and could possibly be a first-round choose. With some sturdy showings and marked enchancment on his jumper, he might discover himself inching nearer to the lottery.