Five-star point guard Trevon Duval open to playing alongside Devonte Graham: 'Frank did it'
When Kansas guard Devonté Graham announced earlier this week that he was going to return for his senior season, it put into question whether that would end KU's recruitment for five-star point guard Trevon Duval.
In an interview with 247Sports’ Andrew Slater, Duval said it wouldn’t be a problem to play alongside Graham, transfer Malik Newman or anybody else on KU’s roster.
“I don’t really care who’s there,” Duval told Slater. “I can play with anyone. I’ve played with everyone. As long as everyone plays the game the right way, I’m not worried about playing with anyone.”
Along with the Jayhawks, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Duval is considering Duke, Seton Hall, Arizona and Baylor. He told USA Today that he was planning on making a decision sometime this month.
Duval, ranked No. 3 in the country by Rivals, is the highest remaining unsigned senior in the Class of 2017, presumably waiting to see how teams look after players transfer and/or declare for the NBA Draft. He averaged 16 points and eight assists during his senior season.
When asked by Slater whether it mattered that Graham returned when he was weighing his options, he responded, “No, cause Frank (Mason) did it.”
Duval visited Kansas at the beginning of February, traveling to Allen Fieldhouse to watch KU’s 73-68 win over Baylor.
“Their atmosphere was at an 11, Duke was at a 10,” Duval said. “Kansas was great. It was nice. It’s unbelievable, especially for a big game. I went to Kansas-Baylor, so that’s big time.”
The main message from Self and the rest of the coaching staff?
“That they need someone to come in and kind of take Frank’s spot,” Duval said.
Duval, a Delaware native, ended his high school career at IMG Academy in Florida. He had eight points and three assists in the McDonald’s All-American Game and is set to play in the Jordan Brand Classic in New York this week.
In the interview with Slater, Duval dished on his other top contenders:
Duke — “Duke is different. They have a lot of different guys that are declaring, so just trying to see and wait, but they’re a really good school. The visit I took there was really good. They played against North Carolina and I feel as if their atmosphere was off the charts.”
Seton Hall — “Seton Hall, that’s home for me, basically. You know, my best friend goes there … and the majority of them are all juniors and next year, if I were to go there, they need a point guard, that could be good. And the Big East is the Big East. It has a lot of good history and a lot of basketball and the Big East Tournament is also something that’s really big.”
Arizona — “Arizona, it was a really good visit. They talk to me. They try to talk to me every day. The decision’s starting to get closer and closer…. The best thing about the visit I would say is the weather is just like amazing. It’s hard to not include that in your decision. It’s just that great.”
Baylor — “Baylor’s campus was humongous and their facilities were really good. I feel like their weight program was the best thing that they had.”