In Beaverton, Oregon, Mark Mitchell, Jared McCain, and Caleb Foster, who are part of the Duke basketball team, are participating in the Nike Skills Academy. This event allows them to showcase their skills to NBA scouts eyeing to recruit, with each session being attended by representatives from up to two NBA teams. These players are considered potential first-round draft picks for the 2024 NBA draft and makeup nearly 20% of the college roster, which consists of 16 players.
Additionally, the high school roster of 18 members includes Isaiah Evans, a Duke basketball commit from North Mecklenburg High School in North Carolina. Evans is a five-star prospect and is ranked 19th overall in the 2024 Composite rankings by 247Sports.
It’s important for NBA scouts to note that the presence of Duke basketball players is a significant aspect of these high-profile offseason showcases and training events. This exposure also provides an opportunity for the Duke coaching staff to engage in behind-the-scenes recruiting efforts.