It remains to be seen how John Shire will succeed iconic Hall of Famer Mike Krzyszewski as a coach at Duke this season. But if his ability as a recruiter is any indication, the Blue Devils will continue to search for domestic titles for years to come.
On Wednesday, Shire received a commitment from TJ Power, the academy division of Worcester, Massachusetts, to move Duke into the No. 1 class in the 2023 rankings for the second year in a row. His SI99 basketball probable rankings for 2023 won’t be announced until later this year, but the power is expected to top his tier after a productive summer.
The 6-foot-8-inch Wings broke news of his commitment on an exclusive blog sports illustrated.
“Duke ticked the most boxes,” Power wrote on the SI blog. “I grew up watching them and their players and idolized some of them like Cam Reddish, Marvin Bagley III, Jayson Tatum and Gary Trent. I get to play for a player like that and he really believes in me, and that means a lot to me.”
After winning home MVP for the final Nike EYBL stop in Kansas City in July, Power exploded, averaging 23.7 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists en route to winning the session’s offensive MVP. A week later, he was named Defensive MVP of the Peach Invitational Tournament, averaging 15.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.6 blocks per game.
Power joins Caleb Foster, Jared McCain, Sean Stewart and Mackenzie Mbaco to form Duke’s 2023 recruits.
To read Power’s full blog, analyze his commitments here.
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