After putting the finishing touches on its 2019 recruiting class recently, Duke has turned the page over to its 2020 cycle. On Wednesday evening, Duke landed its first 2020 commitment: 5-star point guard Jeremy Roach.
The 6-foot-2 Roach is ranked as the No. 15 overall prospect by 247 Sports and the No. 2 point guard. If all goes according to plan, this is the guy that will take the point guard job from Tyus Jones after next season.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) May 8, 2019
Roach plays his prep basketball for Paul VI Catholic in Fairfax (Va.); he picked Duke over Villanova and Kentucky. According to Evan Daniels, North Carolina was in the mix, too, but to a lesser extent.
Jon Scheyer led Duke’s pursuit of Roach, who took an official visit to Durham last October.
The commitment of Roach could also shed a little bit of light on the recent decision of 4-star 2019 guard Boogie Ellis. Last week, Ellis asked for and received a release of his LOI to Duke. This is speculation, but with Jones holding doing the point guard spot this season, and the possibility of Roach arriving in Durham in 2020, perhaps Ellis decided to seek another situation.