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Legacy recruit Alex O’Connell picks Duke

Duke landed their first verbal commitment for their 2017 recruiting class on Friday, as 6′-6″ wing Alex O’Connell of Milton (GA) announced his pledge to play hoops for the Blue Devils.

O’Connell was offered a scholarship by Duke on Wednesday. He currently ranks as the No. 67 prospect nationally in the 2017 class.

A good outside shooter with quality athleticism given his skill set, O’Connell is a nice all-around prospect who should find a role at Duke as he improves physically.

O’Connell is likely just the beginning to Duke’s efforts in the 2017 cycle, with top-10 caliber talents Wendell Carter, Gary Trent Jr., and Kevin Knox all still considering the Blue Devils.

ACC rivals Louisville, Syracuse and many others also tendered O’Connell a scholarship offer before he picked Duke.

Duke Scholarship Grid

Positions2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-2020
Point GuardsFrank Jackson (Fr)Frank Jackson (So)Frank Jackson (Jr)Frank Jackson (Sr)
WingsMatt Jones (Sr)Grayson Allen (Sr)Luke Kennard (Sr)Jayson Tatum (Sr)
Grayson Allen (Jr)Luke Kennard (Jr)Jayson Tatum (Jr)Jack White (Sr)
Luke Kennard (So)Jayson Tatum (So)Jack White (Jr)Alex O'Connell (Jr)
Jayson Tatum (Fr)Jack White (So)Alex O'Connell (So)
Jack White (Fr)Alex O'Connell (Fr)
PostsAmile Jefferson (Sr)Sean Obi (Sr)Chase Jeter (Sr)
Javin DeLaurier (Sr)
Sean Obi (Jr)Chase Jeter (Jr)Antonio Vrankovic (Sr)Harry Giles (S)
Chase Jeter (So)
Antonio Vrankovic (Jr)
Javin DeLaurier (Jr)Marques Bolden (Sr)
Antonio Vrankovic (So)Javin DeLaurier (So)Harry Giles (Jr)
Javin DeLaurier (Fr)Harry Giles (So)Marques Bolden (Jr)
Harry Giles (Fr)Marques Bolden (So)
Marques Bolden (Fr)

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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