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Wednesday / November 13.
  • Duke announces signing of epic three-man class

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    Duke announced the signing of three players in the Class of 2018.

    All three are ranked among the Top 10 in the class by ESPN.com.

    R.J. Barrett, Tre Jones and Cam Reddish will enter the Duke program in 2018-19. Each of the three incoming Blue Devils is rated by ESPN as a five-star recruit and ranked among the 10 best overall prospects in the nation.

    It is the second consecutive season that Duke has landed ESPN’s No. 1-ranked recruit, as Barrett’s signing this season follows Marvin Bagley III last year.

    R.J. Barrett | 

    6-7 // 200 // Mississauga, Ontario, Canada // Montverde Academy (Fla.)

    ·         A five-star recruit ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2018 by ESPN

    ·         Rated as the No. 1 overall prospect in the class by Rivals.com

    ·         Ranked No. 1 overall in the 2018 recruiting class by Scout.com

    ·         Ranked No. 1 overall in the 2018 24/7 Sports composite list

    ·         Reclassified from the Class of 2019 to 2018 this past summer

    ·         Averaged 21.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.6 assists a game as Canada won a gold medal at the FIBA U19 Men’s Basketball World Cup

    ·         Had 38 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in Canada’s 99-87 semifinal win over the United States at the FIBA U19 Men’s Basketball World Cup

    ·         Led the 2017 Nike EYBL circuit in scoring, averaging 28.0 points along with 10.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists for the UPlay Canada team

    ·         Earned Most Valuable Player Honors the 2016 Jordan Brand Classic International Game after tallying 22 points and eight assists in the game

    ·         Averaged 18.4 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists while helping Canada finish in fifth at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championships

    ·         Averaged 14.6 points to lead Canada to a silver medal at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championships

    ·         Narrowed his list to Duke, Kentucky and Oregon before signing with the Blue Devils

     

    Tre Jones | 

    6-1 // 175 // Apple Valley, Minn. // Apple Valley

    ·         A five-star recruit ranked as the No. 10 overall prospect and No. 1 point guard in the class of 2018 by ESPN

    ·         Rated as the No. 7 overall prospect and the No. 3 guard in the class by Rivals.com

    ·         Ranked No. 6 overall and the No. 1 rated point guard in the 2018 recruiting class by Scout.com

    ·         Ranked No. 6 overall in the 2018 24/7 Sports composite list

    ·         The 2016-17 Gatorade Player of the Year in Minnesota (his brother Tyus earned the honor in 2014)

    ·         Helped Apple Valley capture the 2015 and 2017 Minnesota 4A State title

    ·         Put up 24 points, 18 rebounds and five assists in the state final to propel Apple Valley to the championship

    ·         Averaged 20.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 7.3 assists on the Nike EYBL circuit in 2017 for the Howard Pulley AAU program

    ·         Averaged 23.5 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 7.5 assists for Apple Valley during the 2016-17 season

    ·         Younger brother of Tyus Jones, who led Duke to the 2015 NCAA Championship and was named Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four that year

    ·         Selected Duke over UCLA, USC, Ohio State, Minnesota and Oregon

     

    Cam Reddish | 

    6-7 // 203 // Norristown, Pa. // Westtown School

    ·         A five-star recruit ranked as the No. 3 overall prospect and No. 2 small forward in the class of 2018 by ESPN

    ·         Rated as the No. 4 overall prospect and No. 3 forward in the class by Rivals.com

    ·         Ranked No. 4 overall and the No. 2 small forward in the 2018 recruiting class by Scout.com

    ·         Ranked No. 4 overall in the 2018 24/7 Sports composite list

    ·         Helped the United States earn a bronze medal at the 2017 FIBA U19 Men’s Basketball World Cup in Cairo, Egypt.

    ·         Averaged 10.7 points and 4.3 rebounds while leading the Team USA with 12 steals in seven games at the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup.

    ·         Class 3A Pennsylvania First Team All-State

    ·         Averaged 16.2 points per game in helping Westtown School win the 2017 Friends’ School League Championship.

    ·         Averaged 23.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.9 blocks on the Nike EYBL Circuit in 2017 for the Team Final AAU Program.

    ·         Selected Duke over Connecticut, Kentucky, Villanova and UCLA.

     



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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.