Elite Junior Mackenzie Mgbaku verbally commits to the Duke, giving the Blue Devils five five-star commitments in the 2023 class

Elite Junior Mackenzie Magbaku announced his Duke commitment on Friday, giving the Blue Devils five five-star pledges in the 2023 class, including two in just over 24 hours.

Five-star budding guard, Therese Proctor, who is Australian in origin, committed to tackle the Duke on Thursday night.

Mgbako chose Duke over the last four that also included Kentucky, Ohio and Memphis.

“I think it’s his best. The style of play suits him very well,” said Mergen Senna, Mgbako’s coach at Jill St. Bernard School in New Jersey. “They plan to play attack in a spread style. MacKenzie brings a lot of variety on both ends. When Duke recruited him, the whole crew came in. They were very serious early in the process.”

A 6-foot-8 junior striker from New Jersey, Mgbako ranks third in the 2023 class — and the country’s No. 1 junior striker. Mgbako played in an age group last summer, averaging 16.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 12 games with the NJ Scholars base on the Nike EYBL circuit.

Mgbako made a name for himself as a point shooter, finisher and someone who was influential in the transition game. His jumping features powerful leg lift, shot preparation, and shot mechanics.

It will be effective in many locations like Qami. Mgbako is a serious shooter because it combines the excellent positional size as a small striker with clean shooting and confident mechanics.

It can be used for dribbling deliveries, ball screens, or detecting dribbling hacks and escaping from screens. His plane is setting up his driving game.

The next step for him is to become more flexible with the ball to shake defenders after catching the ball in the middle of the field.

“His handling of the ball and its rebound took the next step,” Cena said. “He’s a gym rat who’s always in the gym.”

Mgbako is a top ranked junior who is already committed to this stage of the course. He joins Mgbaku, Proctor Sean Stewart (No. 13), Caleb Foster (No. 19) and Jared McCain (No. 22).

Of the nine five-star players committed in 2023, five are heading to Durham. Duke’s new coach, Jon Scheyer, took first place in the recruiting class in 2022 – and now has a big lead in the race to be #1 in 2023.

Of the 11 players who have committed to the Blue Devils since Shire was appointed coach-in-waiting, eight are rated five-star, with 10 of 11 inside the ESPN 100.

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