Duke basketball adds to No. 1-ranked recruiting class. Center from Concord commits

Christian Reeves hugs coach Che Roth after Cannon beat Carmel Christian in the NCISAA state finals Saturday

Christian Reeves hugs coach Che Roth after Cannon beat Carmel Christian in the NCISAA state finals Saturday

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Duke added another piece to the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class Tuesday night adding a player who is expected to stick around in Durham for a few years.

Christian Reeves, a 7-1, 238-pound center from Concord who plays at Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, committed to play for the Blue Devils next season.

Reeves, who held offers from Minnesota, South Carolina, Charlotte and East Carolina, among others, is rated as a three-star recruit by He visited South Carolina on June 28.

His Oak Hill teammate, 6-4 point guard Caleb Foster, is a junior and is already a Duke commit for the 2023 class. Foster, from the Charlotte suburb of Harrisburg, is a five-star player who is the No. 9 player in his class, according to’s composite rankings.

Duke was a late entrant in Reeves’ recruiting. The Blue Devils only made their official offer earlier Tuesday.

Reeves is the sixth player in Duke’s 2022 class, which is the first group of players who have pledged to play at Duke even though Mike Krzyzewski will not be their coach. In June, Krzyzewski announced his plans to retire after this season with associate head coach Jon Scheyer slated to replace him as head coach for the 2022-23 season.

Scheyer has led the recruitment of 7-1 center Dereck Lively, 6-6 small forward Dariq Whitehead, 6-11 center Kyle Filipowski and 6-8 forward Mark Mitchell. All four of those players are five-star recruits rated among the top 15 players in the class of 2022.

Duke also signed 6-4 shooting guard Jaden Schutt, a four-star player from Illinois.

Steve Wiseman has covered Duke athletics since 2010 for the Durham Herald-Sun and Raleigh News & Observer. He placed second in both beat writing and breaking news in the 2019 Associated Press Sports Editors national contest. Previously, Steve worked for The State (Columbia, SC), Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, S.C.), The Sun Herald (Biloxi, Miss.), Charlotte Observer and Hickory (NC) Daily Record covering beats including the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints, University of South Carolina athletics and the S.C. General Assembly. He’s won numerous state-level press association awards. Steve graduated from Illinois State University in 1989.


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