5-star recruits who Duke basketball, Jon Scheyer are targeting for 2024
Duke basketball announced Jon Scheyer as its coach-in-waiting behind Mike Krzyzewski in June. By the time November’s early signing period rolled around, one thing was crystal clear about the transition.
Scheyer’s first recruiting class ranked first in the country per 247Sports composite ratings, and he’s since added two more 2022 verbal commits who will sign in April’s regular period. In total, Duke’s six-man class includes three of the top five and four of the top 13 five-star recruits in the nation, per 247Sports.
The Blue Devils’ 2023 class also ranks No. 1 with verbal commits from five-star point guard Caleb Foster, five-star shooting guard Jared McCain and four-star power forward Sean Stewart. As for the class of 2024, which encompasses current high school sophomores? No commits yet, but … similar company.
Ahead of Saturday’s UNC-Duke Final Four rubber match in New Orleans, here’s a look at three 2024 recruits popping up on the Blue Devils’ radar since Scheyer assumed recruiting duties last summer.
Five-star SF Bryson Tucker
Tucker, a 6-6 wing at Baltimore’s Mount Saint Joseph High, is one of just three 2024 recruits with a Duke offer to date. The five-star and No. 5 overall recruit joined Naas Cunningham and Darren Harris on the Blue Devils’ offer list after Scheyer and assistant coach Nolan Smith scouted him during a playoff game.
Tucker is a proven scorer and big-time scorer; a capable ball handler, he also identifies himself as a point guard in his Twitter bio. Tucker also averaged 9.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for the USA Basketball U16 National Team, which won a FIBA Americas gold medal last summer in Mexico.
Tucker’s other offers include Illinois, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and DMV programs Georgetown and Maryland. In a 247Sports interview, he described his Duke offer as an “honor,” given the school’s blue-blood status. Tucker’s father, Byron, played center at N.C. State and George Mason from 1998 to 1992.
Five-star PF Liam McNeeley
A teammate of Tucker’s on the U16 national team, McNeeley averaged 5.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game for Team USA’s gold medal squad last summer. He’s a 6-7 forward from John Paul II High School in Plano, Texas, but has plenty of guard skills, too, and holds his school’s single-game assist record with 14.
A consistent stat sheet stuffer, McNeeley averaged 17 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks per game in 2021-22. His passing abilities relative to his position may be his most marketable skill, as the first-team all-state and all-region pick dished out a school-record 183 assists as a sophomore.
McNeeley, a five-star recruit, ranks as the nation’s No. 1 power forward and No. 13 overall recruit. His offers to date include Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Duke hasn’t offered McNeeley yet, but the program has stayed in touch and he hopes to visit campus next year.
Four-star PG Curtis Givens III
A 15U championship at Peach Jam, Nike EYBL’s most visible showcase event, helped elevate Givens’ name on the 2024 recruiting stage. A 6-foot-2 four-star point guard at Memphis University School in Memphis, he’s picked up most of his high major interest since the fall and now has double-digit offers.