After missing out on 5-star wing Bryan Antoine — who committed to Villanova earlier this week — Duke basketball will hit the ground running.
With the new recruiting contact period set to open up on Sunday (Sept. 9), Mike Krzyzewski and his staff won’t waste any time. According to a report from the Star Tribune, Duke has an in-home visit set for that afternoon with 5-star power forward Matthew Hurt, a Minnesota prospect. (Minnesota, of course, has been an excellent source of talent for Duke in recent years: Tyus Jones, Tre Jones and Gary Trent Jr.)
That same day, Hurt also has in-home visits lined up with Kentucky and John Calipari and Bill Self of Kansas, according to the report. The following day (Sept. 10), Hurt will meet with Richard Pitino; two days later Penny Hardaway of Memphis will come through.
Roy Williams of North Carolina is expected to make a visit at some point next week, too.
There’s no rest for the weary, though: the day after the in-home visit with Hurt, Duke’s staff will be in Florida for another in-home with another 5-star prospect — Vernon Carey Jr.
According to Corey Evans of Rivals, Duke will meet with Carey next Monday (Sept. 10). This will take place 5-6 weeks before Carey is scheduled to take his official visit to Duke — the weekend of Oct. 19.
Duke, of course, isn’t the only ACC program working hard to land Carey, though. Miami has an in-home set with Carey the day before Duke; later in the week (Sept. 12), UNC will also meet with the 6-foot-10 center.
Carey has official visits set with both Miami (Oct. 25) and UNC (Nov. 2).