Duke to No. 1 in 2016 rankings with commitment of Javin DeLaurier


Javin DeLaurier played his AAU ball with Virginia’s Team Loaded program. (Adidas)

Duke, which had the No. 6-ranked class in 2016 entering Sunday, picked up a four-star verbal pledge from a power forward named Javin DeLaurier.

The decision single-handedly caused 247 Sports to bump Duke to the top of the rankings for 2016.

The 17-year-old made his announcement on Twiter:

DeLaurier is the classic case of a late-bloomer, a recruit who wasn’t highly recruited through his first two years of high school — before blowing up and becoming a big-time prospect. Duke showed heavy interest this past spring — just as it did with fellow 2016 Blue Devils commit Frank Jackson, who vowed his services to Duke earlier this month — and with that, DeLaurier wound up picking Mike Krzyzewski’s program over the likes of Texas, Stanford, Arizona and Notre Dame.

Teams who recruited DeLaurier did so because of his strength, shot-blocking ability, reliable jump shot and ever-improving rebound prowess. With this addition, Duke now has DeLaurier, Jackson and small forward Jayson Tatum, who many see as a 2017 NBA lottery pick. And Duke is still considered the favorite for the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2016, Harry Giles.

The 247 Sports composite ranks DeLaurier as 40th in the class of 2016, the No. 12 power forward in the country and the second-best player in the state of Virginia.

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