The rich just got richer: Duke basketball, which already had the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class, adds another — well, sort of. On Wednesday, 5-star small forward Joey Baker, already a Duke commit, announced his plans to reclassify from 2019 to the 2018 class. This according to a report from 247 Sports.
The Blue Devils already have an incoming class of four 5-star players; that group includes R.J. Barrett, the top prep player in America. The 6-foot-7 forward will now join that group, reportedly.
Baker is currently rated as the No. 27 overall player in the 2019 class by 247 Sports.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) May 2, 2018
This is, of course, another 5-star commitment from an in-state prospect (Brandon Ingram, Harry Giles), too; Joey Baker plays his prep ball at Trinity Christian School in Fayetteville, N.C.
Baker initially committed to Duke last October; his recruitment was led by Jon Scheyer, who landed Baker over offers from basically every other top program — including North Carolina, Florida, NC State and Kansas.
On Tuesday, ACCSports.com published an update on Albany grad transfer Joe Cremo. Duke initially expressed interest in Cremo — almost a month ago — but appeared to have subsequently backed off. This reclassification of Baker, however, could explain that, too.