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Tuesday / June 25.
  • Three of the 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Boys Player of the Year are headed to Duke

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    Ten semifinalists were named for the Naismith High School Trophy for Boys Player of the Year, and three of them are headed to Duke as part of coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class.

    Kyle Filipowski of Wilbraham & Monson (MA), Dereck Lively II of Westtown (PA) and Dariq Whitehead of Montverde (FL) are all semifinalists for the award.

    For more on Scheyer’s recruitment efforts, read my feature in New York Times Sports.

    Of the seven other finalists, six are committed to colleges and one is uncommitted:

    Amari Bailey – UCLA

    Gradey Dick – Kansas

    Keyonte George – Baylor

    Dillon Mitchell – Texas

    Nick Smith Jr. – Arkansas

    D.J. Wagner – Uncommitted (2023)

    Cason Wallace – Kentucky

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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.

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