Sunday, July 29, 2012
Capital Prep's Kahlil Dukes commits to USC
By Brendan Hall
Following an explosive July campaign at several high-profile showcases, Captial Prep (Conn.) Class of 2013 point guard Kahlil Dukes is bringing his recruiting to a close. This morning, in a mass text to media members, the Hartford resident announced his verbal commitment to the University of Southern California.
His commitment comes on the heels of back-to-back 40-point performances at the Adidas Super 64 this weekend in Las Vegas, with his AAU club the Connecticut Basketball Club. Last high school season, Dukes made a name for himself as one of the Nutmeg State's most elusive guards, leading the Trailblazers to a 22-4 record an an appearance in the Class S state title game. With Dukes leading the way at an average clip of 22 points, Capital averaged nearly 85 points per game.
At the time of his commitment, the 5-foot-10, 160-pound Dukes had a slew of other offers pile in recently, among them Loyola Marymount, Drexel, UTEP, St. Bonaventure, Ohio, Vermont, Lehigh, Sacred Heart, St. Peter’s, Quinnipiac, Robert Morris, and Rice.
Yesterday, Dukes told New England Recruiting Report's Chris Bradley that he planned on taking a visit to the USC campus in September.
“I really just want to go somewhere where I can work hard and get better," he told Bradley. "I’d like to play for [a coach] who wants to help me accomplish my goals, and in return hopefully I can help them accomplish their goals.”