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Incoming Duke Basketball Wing Earns ‘The Bucket’ Award

On Wednesday, 247Sports announced its final rankings for the 2024 class. In addition, one of the site’s national recruiting analysts, Travis Branham, handed out a dozen superlatives, two of which went to Duke basketball signees.

Branham’s superlative “Top Dog” should come as no surprise. Blue Devil award and No. 1 overall prospect Cooper Flagg, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound phenom from Maine who played his prep ball at powerhouse Montverde Academy (Fla.), radiates generational talent.

The other new Duke basketball five-star on Branham’s list is Wisconsin Lutheran forward Kon Knueppel, winner of the superlative “The Bucket” after routinely dropping 30 points or more as a senior en route to receiving the Mr. . Wisconsin Basketball Award.

Here’s a snippet of what Branham noticed while watching perhaps the most overlooked stretch of the Blue Devils’ six-deep 2024 draft:

“Knueppel does his damage by scoring the ball in a variety of ways and is among the most polished players in the entire league. He’s a deadly shot creator. And while he’s not the most athletic player, he has an elite sense of how to score can get into his spot, use his body and score at all three levels… It’s hard to call anyone else the top scorer, when in fact Knueppel was the top scorer in the EYBL during the regular season.

At No. 18 overall on the 247Sports 2024 Composite, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Kon Knueppel ranks just fourth in Jon Scheyer’s top-ranked collection.

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Once again, Flagg finished where he belongs at No. 1 overall. As for the other four future Blue Devils, NBA Academy Africa five-star big man Khaman Maluach comes in at No. 6, North Meck (NC) five-star forward Isaiah Evans at No. 15, Paul VI Catholic (Va.) five-star center Patrick Ngongba II at No. 25, and Paul VI five-star wing Darren Harris at No. 38.

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