Duke basketball recruiting: Top Chicago prep plans five visits


In 2004, after committing to the Duke basketball program and becoming the Illinois Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Shaun Livingston decided to go straight to the NBA after high school.

But Livingston’s award-winning campaign and original pledge — although temporary — marked an extra gush to the Blue Devils’ Illinois pipeline.

The following year, now-first-year Duke head coach Jon Scheyer captured the award as the premier Illinois prospect. Long story short, he won it again in 2006, became a four-year Blue Devil legend, cut down nets in his last college game, later joined the staff in Durham, and ultimately became Chicago native Mike Krzyzewski’s successor.

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