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Duke Basketball Recruiters Get Rid of Cut for Rising Target

Sidwell Friends School (Washington, DC) guard Acaden Lewis is one of several rising high school seniors who has received offers from every true modern-day royal. Duke basketball became the latest piece of that success when it officially entered the fray for the 6-foot-2-inch, 170-pound four-star player shortly after watching him shine on third-year head coach Jon Scheyer’s DC Live scrimmage show three weeks ago.

And the Blue Devils are one of four blue bloods among Lewis’ top eight suitors announced Wednesday. The other three are UNC, Kentucky and UConn, with Syracuse, Tennessee, Auburn and Michigan rounding out his finalists.

Kansas, which extended an offer a few days before Duke, is the only top prospect not on the list.

Lewis, who started out as the No. 100 overall prospect in the 247Sports 2025 Composite but has since jumped to No. 47, visited Duke’s archrival UNC in late June and has already planned a return trip to Chapel Hill, as he will visit the Tar Heels on an official visit the first weekend in October.

But Lewis plans to visit all eight finalists before making a hiring decision and will likely announce a winner during the early signing period in November.

Based on what the accomplished point guard had to say about the Duke basketball program in a recent conversation with Charlie Parent of Zagsblog, it seems like Jon Scheyer’s Blue Devils are definitely in the race.

“They have a DMV pipeline with guys like Trevor Keels, Darren Harris and Pat Ngongba,” Acaden Lewis told Parent about Duke’s recruiting accolades from Paul VI Catholic (Va.) this decade (excluding Jeremy Roach). “They had a pipeline and accomplished guys from this area, so it’s great that they think I can be the next big thing from this area.

“I have a great relationship with Coach Scheyer and his staff. They seem very enthusiastic about me and think I can come in and get big minutes.”

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