While Duke’s 2021-22 roster isn’t yet set in stone, head coach Mike Krzyzewski is busy making moves to address the team’s depth.
Four-star guard Jaylen Blakes committed to the Blue Devils Monday evening, per his Instagram page. Ranked as the No. 85 overall recruit in the Class of 2021 and 17th-best shooting guard per ESPN, he becomes the fourth member of Duke’s upcoming recruiting class along with five-stars Paolo Banchero, A.J. Griffin and Trevor Keels.
The 6-foot-2 combo guard attended Blair Academy in New Jersey with current Blue Devil walk-on Keenan Worthington and scored 27 points in the 2019 state championship en route to a title. Former Duke forward and NBA All-Star Luol Deng also played for Blair Academy in 2003.
The Blue Devils secured a commitment from Keels April 2 but still needed depth in the backcourt after the departures of Jordan Goldwire and DJ Steward. Blakes projects as a solid shooter with great length and defensive potential over a multi-year career.
With the Division I signing period opening April 14, Duke still has one outstanding offer to an uncommitted 2021 prospect with Patrick Baldwin Jr., the No. 4 overall recruit, still deciding between 10 schools. A commitment from Baldwin would vault the Blue Devil recruiting class to the top spot, though signs point toward the 6-foot-9 forward heading elsewhere for his anticipated lone year in college.
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