Duke basketball recruiting: Paolo Banchero, the No. 3 recruit in the nation, commits to the Blue Devils

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Go ahead and pencil Duke in for another top recruiting class in the 2021 cycle. The Blue Devils landed a commitment from five-star forward Paolo Banchero on Thursday, their second five-star commitment in the 2021 class.

Banchero, who is from Seattle, also considered Kentucky, Washington, Gonzaga, Arizona. He is considered the No. 3 overall prospect in the 2021 class, according to the 247Sports Composite. 

At Duke, he will join forces with another top-five prospect from the class in AJ Griffin, a small forward from White Plains, New York. Griffin is ranked No. 5 in the 247Sports Composite. Together, the duo gives Duke a solid early foundation for its 2021 class.

The Blue Devils have finished with a top-three recruiting class for seven years in a row as they have fully embraced the pursuit of

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