Significant recruiting news is on the horizon with 5-star Caleb Houstan. This could be notable for three ACC programs that have their eyes on the fast-rising forward from Canada. As of right now: Duke, North Carolina and Virginia are in the mix.
According to Tipton Edits, Houstan will announce next week — Oct. 7 — his final four schools. Back in July, the 6-foot-8 Houstan reclassified — moving up from 2022 to the 2021 recruiting cycle. This came about a month after Duke extended Houstan an offer.
Houstan made a name for himself this season on the stacked Montverde Academy squad, arguably the greatest high school basketball team in prep sports history. Houstan helped push Montverde (Fla.) to a 35-0 record, while playing with 2020 5-stars Cade Cunningham, Scottie Barnes, Day’Ron Sharpe and Moses Moody.
During the summer of 2019, Houstan also averaged 22.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game for the U-16 Canadian National team.
Breaking: 2021 five-star Caleb Houstan will announce his final four schools on Oct. 7th, his mother tells me. pic.twitter.com/71LxJszSQz
— Tipton Edits (@TiptonEdits) October 2, 2020
The Blue Devils were in early on Houstan; however, with AJ Griffin and Paolo Banchero, Duke already has two commitments from 2021 forwards. Fellow 5-star phenom Patrick Baldwin Jr. could be next; his recruitment will come down to Duke and Milwaukee, where his father coaches. Duke projects as the favorite for PBJ.
Earlier this week, UNC landed a commitment from in-state 4-star shooting guard D’Marco Dunn. The Tar Heels now have two 4-star commits for 2021, both from North Carolina: Dunn and forward Dontrez Styles, from Kinston, who committed to UNC over NC State, Clemson, Maryland and Pittsburgh.
Following a monster 2020 recruiting class, Virginia has one 2021 commit, currently: 4-star shooting guard Taine Murray. The 6-foot-5 New Zealand product committed back in mid-September.
Duke and Virginia will also battle for 5-star 2021 shooting guard Trevor Keels. Back in September, Keels announced a top three of Duke, UVA and Villanova — not bad, eh? Duke appears to be the favorite for Keels, too, who played prep ball with freshman guard Jeremy Roach.