Duke’s 2013 recruiting class filled itself out quite nicely with Jabari Parker, Matt Jones and Semi Ojeleye all likely to be impact players for the program over the next few seasons. The 2014 class is empty thus far but the Blue Devils took steps towards one of the country’s premier guards when they stopped in to see Devin Booker in Mississippi.
The junior from Moss Point High School has been on the rise and is currently the No. 19 player — and No. 3 shooting guard — in the class of 2014. Scout.com’s Evan Daniels reported on Thursday that Duke and North Carolina had stopped in to see him this past week.
Duke & North Carolina stop by to see five-star SG Devin Booker … scouthoops.scout.com/2/1264990.html
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDanielsFOX) February 7, 2013
Daniels also reported that Booker is planning on visiting Florida when his high school season comes to an end.
A 6-foot-4, 180-pound wing, Booker has been lauded as one of the smartest wings in high school hoops. A student of the game and the son of Missouri legend Melvin Booker, Devin has always shown a great feel for the game and a propensity for good shots.
While Duke and North Carolina are still in the evaluation stages of their involvement with Booker, Michigan and Missouri have already offered him while Alabama, Mississippi State, Florida, Georgetown and Michigan State have all shown interest in bringing him aboard.
It’s impossible to tell how long Rasheed Sulaimon will stay in Durham, but if he leaves after his sophomore year a player like Booker would fit well into a backcourt with Matt Jones and a strong primary ballhandler (Tyus Jones?).
Either way, Booker will be yet another name to keep an eye on over the next few months as the Duke staff turn their eyes towards the class of 2014.