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Friday / July 3.
  • Patrick Baldwin visits Duke for Virginia Tech game

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Four nights after North Carolina coach Roy Williams watched Patrick Baldwin play in Wisconsin, Baldwin was on Duke’s campus and sat behind the team bench for their 88-64 rout of Virginia Tech Saturday night.

    Thje 6-foot-10 Baldwin out of Hamilton (WI) Sussex is the No. 2 small forward and the No. 3 overall player in the Class of ’21 per 247Sports.com.

    His Crystal Ball is also 100 percent in favor of Duke but that hasn’t stopped UNC and others from making an effort.

    “Overall I like Coach K and Coach (Jon) Scheyer,” Baldwin told the Chicago Tribune. “[Class of ’21 Duke commit] Jalen [Johnson] always has great things to say about the coaches.”

    Johnson, a Class of ’21 Duke pledge, also plays in Wisconsin at Milwaukee (WI) Nicolet.

    Per the Tribune, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has told friends he views Baldwin as the “perfect recruit.”

    Duke’s six-man recruiting class is ranked No. 2 behind Kentucky for 2020, per 247Sports.com. The Blue Devils have one 2021 pledge in Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.) forward A.J. Griffin.

    Baldwin holds offers from UW-Milwaukee, Northwestern, North Carolina Kentucky, Kansas, Marquette, Wisconsin, Illinois and UCLA, among others.

    His father, Pat Baldwin, is a 1994 Northwestern graduate and former Northwestern assistant who’s now the head coach at Milwaukee.

    “Regardless of where he is — D-2, D-3 — no coach will ever back you like your father,” Patrick told the Tribune. “That’s not a knock on any other coach. If I were to play for my father, that would mean the world to me and my family. Having him on the sideline, being able to talk to him during the game … that would be pretty cool.”

    Meantime, Northwestern coach Chris Collins would love for Baldwin to play at the Big Ten school. He and assistant Brian James saw Baldwin play in Evanston on Feb. 9, per the Tribune.

    “Having the relationship with them and seeing how much they really care shows that they’re really committed to trying to bring me into this program and change it for the better,” Baldwin told the paper.

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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.