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Terrence Clarke’s AAU coach hyping up Duke ahead of decision

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Duke has a real chance, according to the coach, but that feels like a smokescreen.

Top-Ranking Basketball Player Terrence Clarke Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Terrence Clarke is widely expected to commit to Kentucky on Saturday, but his AAU coach is adding some late suspense.

In an interview with The Boston Herald, Clarke’s AAU coach, Dexter Foy, made it sound like Duke has a very real shot at landing the top-three recruit, even though Clarke hasn’t reportedly been offered a scholarship by the Blue Devils to this point.

“When we started this, one of the things he wanted to do — I hope I’m not letting the cat out of the bag — he’s a big Duke fan,” Foy said. “Duke was his school. He loved Duke and he wanted to be a McDonald’s All-American. … He has a great chance of making a McDonald’s All-American. Duke has recruited him and have offered him and to have them on his list, I’m just happy for him and his family.”

It’s very odd that this would come out the day before Clarke’s decision. But we’ve seen recruitment after recruitment get added suspense toward the very end to make it seem like another school could land a recruit, only for said recruit to pick the school everyone expected all along. This feels like some late smoke to make it appear Clarke to Kentucky is no sure thing.

Plus, if what Foy said is true, then he’s kinda spoiling Clarke’s once-in-a-lifetime moment, and I seriously doubt he’d do that.

So, my guess is Foy is just trying to add some suspense to Clarke’s recruitment so everyone is watching what he does Saturday at 1 pm EST. But stranger things have happened in recruiting.

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