Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Projected as the No. 6 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com, the 6-foot-3 Duval is down to five schools — Duke, Arizona, Kansas, Baylor and Seton Hall — and said he’s planning to take his official visits soon.
“My dad has all of the dates and everything,” Duval said at the Hoophall Classic. “…Some of them are in season and I might finish out some after the season.”
Kansas figures to lose veteran guards Frank Mason and Devonte’ Graham after this season. Mason is a senior and Graham is a junior projected as the No. 37 pick by DraftExpress.com. Kansas also has Mississippi State transfer Malik Newman sitting out this season.
Meantime, Duval and his IMG Academy team will be in New Jersey this coming weekend for two games in the Tom Richel Memorial Hoopfest, including a game on Super Bowl Sunday against Kentucky-bound Nick Richards and The Patrick School.
Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard and his staff are expected to be in attendance. It remains unclear if Duval will visit the campus while in New Jersey.
Duval is close friends with Seton Hall freshman shooting guard Myles Powell.
“We talk a lot,” Powell said recently “I bring it up sometimes, ask him if he wanna come be my point guard. I’m going to just worry about what I’m doing over here, let him finish off his high school career on a good note. He just got nominated for the McDonald’s All-American Game. I congratulated him.
“I guess after all his accolades and the high school season’s done, then we can move forward into that.”
Asked how much the 6-foot-3 Duval could help Seton Hall, Powell said, “Amazing. I know how Coach [Kevin Willard] lets his guards go. I feel like he would fit in perfect here, I tell him that all the time and hopefully the job gets done.”
Duval spent part of his high school career at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark and was considering several New Jersey schools for his senior season before landing at IMG Academy (FL).
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
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He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.