The No. 1 point guard in the class of 2017, Trevon Duval, returned to New Jersey this weekend with his IMG Academy (FL) team to play in the Tom Richel Memorial Hoopfest at Roselle Catholic.
The 6’2 crafty guard, who started out at Newark’s St. Benedicts before transferring to Advanced Prep International (TX) and then IMG Academy, faced off against Our Savior New American (NY) and The Patrick School (NJ) as he led his team to victories in both games. The Delaware native finished with 12 points in a win over OSNA while scoring 24 points over national powerhouse, The Patrick School.
Duval — whose top five schools include: Seton Hall, Baylor, Arizona, Kansas and Duke — recently took his first official visit to Kansas this past week where he says he had a great visit.
“Kansas was great, they treated me well,” said Duval. They showed me all their facilities and everything that they had going and overall it was a good visit.”
During the visit, Duval talked about experiencing Allen Fieldhouse for the first time and how it the place was very ecstatic.
“The environment was amazing, you could barely hear the person next to you speaking, so it was great.”
Kansas, who will lose senior point guard Frank Mason and potentially off-guard Devonte Graham, is recruiting Duval along with top 20 point guard Trae Young, who is expected to announce his college decision February 16th. When asked if Young picks Kansas, are the Jayhawks out for Duval, Duval replied with “yeah.”
With the Kansas trip done, Duval is looking forward to his next official visit to Duke on Wednesday February 8th. Duval and his IMG teammates recently passed through Durham where he had a chance to meet the entire team [Duke].
Duke, who is in need of a point guard, has made Duval a priority as they see some Kyrie Irving-like play in his game.”They’re Duke, really, so that’s what they really say,” said Duval. “And also that they need a point guard and they have one of the biggest stages for me to play on and they think I can fit in.”
When asked about the Kyrie Irving comparison, Duval replied “They think I pass a little bit better than him,” he said. “He’s a little bit more of a scoring guard.”
Seton Hall entire coaching staff was on hand Sunday to watch Duval go against The Patrick School as they have made him a priority also. Sophomore Myles Powell, a close friend of Duval, has also made the pitch to him about joining the New Jersey School, although he [Duval] has not set up an official visit to the campus yet.
When asked what his thoughts were on Seton Hall, Duval replied with“They were my first offer, they’re really close to home. They need a point guard also, they fit my playing style.”
Duval also plans on visiting Arizona in Late February and has yet to set up a trip to Waco, Texas to visit Baylor University.