Five-star point guard Trevon Duval open to playing alongside Devonte Graham: 'Frank did it'


East's Trevon Duval, right, drives to the basket against West's Brandon L. McCoy during the second half of the McDonald's All- American boys high school basketball game in Chicago, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. West won 109-107.

East's Trevon Duval, right, drives to the basket against West's Brandon L. McCoy during the second half of the McDonald's All- American boys high school basketball game in Chicago, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. West won 109-107.

When Kansas guard Devonté Graham announced earlier this week that he was going to return for his senior season, it put into question whether that would end KU's recruitment for five-star point guard Trevon Duval.

In an interview with 247Sports’ Andrew Slater, Duval said it wouldn’t be a problem to play alongside Graham, transfer Malik Newman or anybody else on KU’s roster.

“I don’t really care who’s there,” Duval told Slater. “I can play with anyone. I’ve played with everyone. As long as everyone plays the game the right way, I’m not worried about playing with anyone.”

Along with the Jayhawks, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Duval is considering Duke, Seton Hall, Arizona and Baylor. He told USA Today that he was planning on making a decision sometime this month.

Duval, ranked No. 3 in the country by Rivals, is the highest remaining unsigned senior in the Class of 2017, presumably waiting to see how teams look after players transfer and/or declare for the NBA Draft. He averaged 16 points and eight assists during his senior season.

When asked by Slater whether it mattered that Graham returned when he was weighing his options, he responded, “No, cause Frank (Mason) did it.”

Duval visited Kansas at the beginning of February, traveling to Allen Fieldhouse to watch KU’s 73-68 win over Baylor.

“Their atmosphere was at an 11, Duke was at a 10,” Duval said. “Kansas was great. It was nice. It’s unbelievable, especially for a big game. I went to Kansas-Baylor, so that’s big time.”

The main message from Self and the rest of the coaching staff?

“That they need someone to come in and kind of take Frank’s spot,” Duval said.

Duval, a Delaware native, ended his high school career at IMG Academy in Florida. He had eight points and three assists in the McDonald’s All-American Game and is set to play in the Jordan Brand Classic in New York this week.

In the interview with Slater, Duval dished on his other top contenders:

Duke — “Duke is different. They have a lot of different guys that are declaring, so just trying to see and wait, but they’re a really good school. The visit I took there was really good. They played against North Carolina and I feel as if their atmosphere was off the charts.”

Seton Hall — “Seton Hall, that’s home for me, basically. You know, my best friend goes there … and the majority of them are all juniors and next year, if I were to go there, they need a point guard, that could be good. And the Big East is the Big East. It has a lot of good history and a lot of basketball and the Big East Tournament is also something that’s really big.”

Arizona — “Arizona, it was a really good visit. They talk to me. They try to talk to me every day. The decision’s starting to get closer and closer…. The best thing about the visit I would say is the weather is just like amazing. It’s hard to not include that in your decision. It’s just that great.”

Baylor — “Baylor’s campus was humongous and their facilities were really good. I feel like their weight program was the best thing that they had.”


Janet Olin 1 year ago

Scuttlebutt has him leaning to Duke, but who knows if that's correct. He will probably change his mind a dozen times before deciding. Would be a nice 'get' if KU lands him. I'm guessing he won't want to play 2nd fiddle to Graham, but it's all speculation at this point, and I would be happy to be wrong.

John Fitzgerald 1 year ago

I don't think we land Duval. Most players in his position wanna be the man, and it's gonna be really difficult for him to start with Graham and Newman on the roster. Duke on the other hand has a need at PG.

Jim Stauffer 1 year ago

Huh? Who do we have who is a more accomplished pg than Duval?

John Fitzgerald 1 year ago

Devonte Graham will be the starter and is a true PG and a senior. Newman will be the starting SG and can also play PG. We also have a 4 Star freshmen in Marcus Garett who is a true PG. That's 3 guys that can and will play PG next year. Not necessarily saying we don't need Duval or aren't a good fit for him, I'm just saying based on the information available I think Duke will land him. Also, it's just an opinion so don't get your panties in a twist.

Matt Stone 1 year ago

Not sure how Duval would fit. Graham, Newman, Vick or Svi, Preston and Azubuike are your starters. Duval would take Svi or Vicks place? Cunliffe will earn time too. Need a big guy in the worst way. McCoy, Bamba and Tilmon are the top 3 undecided, but realistically Chris Vogt, John Salley and Louis Bangui may be only choices. Noah Dickerson, Steven Enoch, Zach Brown, Juwan Durham, Dante Williams, Deng Riak and Jethro Tshisumpa are the guys to look at for next years depth. Kerem Kanter and Cam Johnson may be best graduate transfers. My money is on 6'10" 240lb Kerem joining the Jayhawks.

Bobby Nightengale 1 year ago

Don't put actual money on it. Kerem Kanter committed to transfer to Xavier today if he withdraws from NBA Draft.

Dirk Medema 1 year ago

Duval would fit because he is a primary ball handler that Coach Self (and every other coach in the nation) covets. He brings a dimension that none of the other players has. The others can handle the ball, and even fill in as primary, but we are at our best if they are just subs at the 1.

We just got 2 bigs for next year, and possibly a pipeline to some more in coming classes. Coach is not worried about bigs. They don't drive the game the way guards have become.

Dirk Medema 1 year ago

Thanks for finding this Bobby. Very encouraging.

Jonathan Allison 1 year ago

Kansas vs Baylor was at an 11, and Duke vs UNC was at a 10. Very interesting.

Dennis Strick 1 year ago

All things being equal playing at home in the Big East will be a big pull on him. Look for him to join the Hall and they will make a Sweet 16 or Elite 8 run next year. They will have the seasoned players to do it. They got ripped off by officials in their last tourney game this year.

Chad Smith 1 year ago

Dennis, spot on. Just like Trae to OU, the chance to be the man, and play basically at home will be the difference. Forget abou zona or baylor. Its duke, ku or seton hall. and duke already has players like we do. He will start right away at SH and be an impact player for them immediately.

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