Now that nearly three months have passed since a prep committed to Duke’s basketball program, it looks like the recruiting masterminds at Durham must soon collect another gem.
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Perhaps Brewster (NH) big man JP Estrella, who ranks No. 58 overall on the 247Sports 2023 Composite, will be next to pledge his allegiance to the Blue Devils. If so, his addition could round out Duke’s top-ranked transport in 2023.
Jon Scheyer and his gang have already signed four five-star seniors: point guard Caleb Foster, shooter Jared McCain, small forward Mackenzie Mgbako and power forward Sean Stewart.
Although Estrella has yet to visit Duke and have no clear timeline on which to make a decision, the two 247Sports Crystal Ball picks that emerged on Friday suggest something is working in the Blue Devils favor.
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These predictions – the only two so far – indicate that Scheyer & Co. will emerge victorious. Meanwhile, recruitment prediction machine On3 agrees.
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That makes sense given that Duke’s pair of incoming five-star big men, Kyle Filipowski and Derek Lively, are expected to rush for the pro ranks next year.
A lot to like about Duke basketball recruiting target JP Estrella
Some cite JP Estrella as a center. Others see the 6-foot-11, 210-pound four-star as a power forward.
Either way, as On3’s scouting report notes, the 17-year-old Maine native is a promising all-around prospect who can stretch the floor:
“JP Estrella is a good size and moves well. Competitive on the block, understands angles and has good footwork. Skilled forward can get out and knock down shots from the socket. He’s a good rebounder from area and he works hard defensively… There’s a lot to like here like a big stretch with toughness and a bit of pop.”
It appears Duke’s only other active pursuit in 2023 is for five-star center Xavier Booker of Cathedral, Ind..
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