Duke wins Signing Day, inks 5-star studs Paolo Banchero and AJ Griffin

Once again, National Signing Day was significant for the future of Duke basketball. The Blue Devils inked two of their major 2021 commitments. Duke got signatures from 5-star forwards Paolo Banchero and AJ Griffin.

The 6-foot-7 Griffin, a power wing, committed to Duke last November. Griffin rates as the No. 7 prospect in the 2021 class, according to 247 Sports. However, Griffin could absolutely end up as the top player and the class; he’s in the conversation to be the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Banchero, 6-foot-9 and 235-pound power forward out of Seattle, ranks as the No. 3 overall prospect for the 2021 class. He committed to Duke in August — a little under three months ago.

While Duke ultimately missed on 5-star forward Caleb Houstan, who committed and signed to Michigan, the Blue Devils are well-positioned with two other 5-star prospects. Duke remains the heavy favorite to land both Patrick Baldwin Jr., a 6-foot-9 sharpshooter from Wisconsin, and shooting guard Trevor Keels.

Virginia is in the mix for Keels, too.


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