Video: Getting to know Duke's 2018 recruiting class
Four of Duke's Fab Five sat down with Chris Stonebraker back in March.
The men's college basketball season tips off Tuesday with an immediate and emphatic slam dunk — a showdown between preseason No. 2 Kentucky and No. 4 Duke at the Champions Classic in Indianapolis.
Besides the enormity of pitting two of the sports' blue-blood programs, almost all eyes and storylines center around Duke's much ballyhooed freshmen class that features — at the time of their signing — the top three prospects and four of the Top 10 in the 247Sports Composite
That includes everyone's No. 1, R.J. Barrett
, the 2017-18 MaxPreps National Player of the Year from defending national champion Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.)
MaxPreps host Chris Stonebraker sat down with all four top recruits — Barrett, Cam Reddish
, Zion Williamson
and Tre Jones
— in an exclusive 1-on-4 interview just before the 2018 McDonald's All-American game.
Williamson, the spectacular 6-foot-7, 285-pound forward, summed up his fellow freshmen this way:
"Tre can go for 30 points and 17 assists the same game," he told Stonebraker. "Cam is just a bucket. And R.J. is going to kill it no matter who he plays against."
Add in the team's fifth top freshman, No. 43-ranked Joey Baker
of Trinity Christian (Fayetteville, N.C.)
, and it's no wonder why this group might be the most talked about quintet since the original "Fab 5" — Michigan's Class of 1991 that featured Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose and Chris Webber.
"I just can't wait to get to Duke," Barrett told MaxPreps in March.
That wait is over.