Center of 2023 catches Blue Devil’s eye


Duke Basketball is aiming for a 2023 big man with plenty of outside play.

In February, Cathedral (Ind.) center Xavier Booker expressed interest in Duke’s basketball program as a future suitor. Now it seems the interest is mutual.

By a tweet this week by Jeff Rabjohns 247Sports, the Blue Devils have “entered the recruiting arena”. The 6-foot-11, 210-pound high school student ranks 84th overall 247Sports Membership 2023.

Booker’s AAU team, G3 Rising Stars, told Rabjohns that Durham staff intend to check it out during the second judging period later this month.

He already holds about two dozen offers, and most are from high-profile conferences. But here’s what Booker recently said to Isaac Dennis NY2LA Sports on his job description aspirations:

“I will work to get more offers from schools like Duke and Kentucky.”

A Potential Duke Basketball Stretch-Four Target

Judging by Xavier Booker’s mixtape below, he was perfect when chatting to Isaac Dennis describing himself as a stretch-four in the making:

“I like pulling all three, and my mid-range pull-up is getting really good. I like to put the ball on the ground and I can break my defender very well for someone my size… I see the ground very well and I know how to prepare my teammates… My IQ increases over time as I go learn more about the game and how to handle certain situations.

Currently, Duke head coach Jon Scheyer and his gang, who have the nation’s top classes on the 2022 and 2023 recruiting tracks, have yet to extend a 2023 offer to a center.

It is possible that Xavier Booker, a potential multi-year college player, will soon become the first.

Stay tuned Durham Ball for more information and views on Duke Basketball recruiting.


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