Duke is getting Joey Baker in the Class of 2018 instead of the Class of 2019, he announced on Wednesday.
The four-star prospect reclassifying should provide some frontcourt depth for the Blue Devils next season as he joins a loaded recruiting class that includes four five-star teammates. At 6-foot-7, 205 pounds, Baker is the type of player who doesn’t need shots to make an impact on the floor. Able to rebound, pass, defend and make some plays on offense, Baker should be a multi-year player for Duke who is brought along slowly.
Since the Blue Devils have needed to fill scholarships the past few years, getting Baker a year early doesn’t hurt regardless of how much he actually contributes on the floor next season.