Duke brother, ex-basketball player, sees stock rise on recruiting track

Miller School (Virginia) power forward Eli DeLaurier is a 6-foot-9, 210-pound three-star rising junior who plays for Team Loaded VA U16 on the Adidas 3SSB Tour. Although his height is similar to Javin DeLaurier, a four-year-old Duke basketball great, at his age his repertoire seems to include a few extra perimeter moves.

Here’s how he summed up his arsenal to Jamie Shaw, recruiting analyst at On3, in May:

“I manage the pitch very well. I can handle the ball very well for a big man and I can shoot it. My post-game is reliable.”

And as Rivals’ Travis Graf pointed out this week, the younger DeLaurier sibling is getting more and more attention:

“Eli DeLaurier, a 2024 prospect, is a name basketball fans will remember for the next two years. His skills have developed at a rapid pace and he has a frame that will allow him to build muscle before heading to college…As DeLaurier continues to evolve into a more developed basketball product, he has captured the attention of many college coaches.”

Although DeLaurier won’t appear on any site’s 2024 rankings, remember that his class rankings are still limited to 75-150 names, depending on the site.

On that note, Graf provided this parting thought:

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“DeLaurier will be a player we need to seriously consider in our next rankings update later this summer.”

Javin DeLaurier finished No. 39 overall on the 2016 247Sports Composite and listed Duke with a four-star rating.

No mention of Duke’s interest in basketball yet

So far, Eli DeLaurier has reported offers from George Washington, Mississippi State, Old Dominion, Radford, Texas A&M and West Virginia. In other words, it is already attracting interest in a mix of mid-major and high-major programs at this relatively early stage.

He told Graf that Mississippi State and George Washington stood out as his most active suitors.

Interestingly, DeLaurier mentioned UNC among the schools he would like to visit, but did not mention Duke. Perhaps one explanation for this is that he was once on campus at Durham to watch his brother play for the Blue Devils.

Time will tell if Duke freshman basketball head coach Jon Scheyer and his gang will enter the fray for Eli DeLaurier. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see a dot on the line.

Meanwhile, after making his NBA debut last season with the Milwaukee Bucks but only playing one game, Javin DeLaurier is now on the San Antonio Spurs Summer League roster. Their first game is at 5 p.m. ET Friday in Las Vegas against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Stay tuned to Blue Devil Country for more Duke basketball recruiting updates.

James T. Quintero