Duke entered the picture late for four-star forward Javin DeLaurier, but the Blue Devils closed strong and landed the Virginia native on Sunday.
The 6-foot-8 DeLaurier broke out as a national recruit this summer thanks to his high motor, ability to rebound and developing skill level. The Blue Devils offered DeLaurier a scholarship in early September and now own the No. 41 overall prospect in the Class of 2016. DeLaurier joins five-star wing Jayson Tatum and five-star guard Frank Jackson in Duke’s current Class of 2016.
DeLaurier represents a good commitment for the Blue Devils because he can play along with other current recruiting targets like five-star forward Harry Giles and five-star center Marques Bolden.
Playing with Team Loaded Virginia this spring and summer in the adidas Gauntlet, DeLaurier averaged 13.1 points, 8.1 rebounds per game while shooting 49 percent from the field. DeLaurier continued to improve his play throughout the spring and summer and he’s athletic enough to be an impact player in the ACC.
Just a couple days removed from taking his first official visit, one of the top power forwards in the Class of 2016 has reportedly cut his school list to six.
As first reported by Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Javin DeLaurier has narrowed his school list to Arizona, Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Stanford and Texas. DeLaurier, who played alongside Kentucky commit Sacha Killeya-Jones at the adidas Uprising Summer Championships on the Team Loaded VA team that won the event, took an official visit to Notre Dame this past weekend.
Also of note in the report is that DeLaurier has three other official visits set up: Texas this upcoming weekend, Stanford beginning October 10 and Duke beginning October 24.
Notre Dame, which also hosted commits T.J. Gibbs and John Mooney during the football team’s shellacking of Texas, has to account for the eventual loss of two seniors in its front court in Zach Auguste and Austin Burgett. Add in the fact that the Fighting Irish did not add a scholarship freshman to its front court in the Class of 2015, and it’s understandable that Mooney and DeLaurier would be important recruiting targets for them.
Texas, which like Notre Dame did not bring in a big man in its 2015 recruiting class, has three seniors in its front court in Connor Lammert, Cameron Ridley and Prince Ibeh. Stanford and Duke have seniors in their respective front courts, but they also have some young players to build with. The Cardinal added Josh Sharma to a group that includes sophomores Michael Humphrey and Reid Travis, and Duke has Rice transfer Sean Obi and freshman Chase Jeter on board.
Arizona (three seniors) and North Carolina (two seniors, two juniors) are both in positions similar to that of Notre Dame and Texas, as they have multiple upperclassmen in their respective front court rotations entering the 2015-16 campaign. It should be noted that in the case of Arizona the Wildcats added multiple freshmen to their front court rotation (Ray Smith and Chance Comanche), while North Carolina (which received a commitment from Tony Bradley Jr. last week) adds just one in Luke Maye.