The Syracuse University men’s basketball team is still working on locking down its top 2016 prospect, Tyus Battle, but that’s not stopping Jim Boeheim, Mike Hopkins, and the rest of the staff from keeping an eye on the future. That future, as far as 2017 is concerned, begins with elite point guard prospect Trevon Duval.
Duval is a 6-foot-3, 180 pound rising junior from Wilmington, Delaware, who plays at St. Benedict’s in New Jersey. Duval has been torching the AAU scene already this spring, and as our friend Dean Francis pointed out in his last bunch of updates he averaged 17.5 points and 4.5 assists while hitting 47% from the field and 35% on threes in a string of four recent games.
Just as Battle has been the top priority for Syracuse in 2016, look for the talented Duval to become the staff’s top prize in 2017. Battle may wind up being a one-and-done prospect, but even if he were to stay for a sophomore season, he and Duval would have little trouble playing together, despite the fact that both prefer to play with the ball in their hands. The combination of Battle and Duval would give the Orange potentially the most lethal scoring backcourt in America if Boeheim were able to get both of them in the same lineup.
Duval is widely considered, if not the best, then one of the top two or three point guard prospects in the class of 2017. He’s a strong guard with a knack for filling it up, and he can aggressively get to the hole and finish but also possesses an outstanding pull-up game. In watching his highlights, it’s easy to see a player with an affinity for pulling up and knocking down midrange jumpers, while also possessing the ability to stretch the floor out to the three point line.
Right now, Duval has offers from the likes of Syracuse, St. John’s, Villanova, Rutgers, UConn, and Louisville – in other words, he’s the apple of the old Big East’s eye. The Orange are considered one of the frontrunners for Duval, who projects as a point guard at the next level but as far as Syracuse fans are concerned, whose best recent SU comparison might be Dion Waiters, mainly because of his size and scorer’s mentality, along with his ability to fill it up in a hurry.
The bottom line is that Syracuse was smart to get on Duval early, as he looks to be a lock for a spot in the top 10 of the class of 2017 and will be one of the most highly sought after prospects in next year’s recruiting cycle.