Five-star prospect Dereck Lively II on Monday announced that he has committed to play at Duke University, becoming the third player ranked inside of the top 10 from the class of 2022 to join the program.
Lively, the No. 2 overall recruit, chose the Blue Devils over other collegiate programs like Florida State, Kentucky, Michigan and Penn State among others. He was the first player to be offered a scholarship by coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer.
The 7-foot-1 center averaged 8.4 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.7 blocked shots in 15 games on the Nike EYBL circuit. He is regarded as one of the top defensive players in the class with an evolving offensive game. He made 11 3-pointers over the summer in the EYBL.
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The addition of Lively projects to give Duke the lead in recruiting for 2022. He will join Dariq Whitehead and Kyle Filipowski next year with the Blue Devils as players ranked inside the top 10 by most recruiting services. They were previously ranked third by 247Sports.