Per Adam Zagoria, Boston College basketball is set to host SF Markis McDuffie (Jersey City, N.J.) on an official visit over the weekend.
2015 Sports U/ St. Anthony F Markis McDuffie will visit BC next weekend and then SMU 10/24. Also considering VCU & Wichita State.— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) October 13, 2014
As Eric Hoffses mentioned last night on BCI Radio, the coaching staff has taken a calculated risk on McDuffie. The coaching staff abruptly ended the recruitment of 6-8 PF Aaron Falzon after he let BC know that he wanted to see out the rest of his recruitment, and is now focusing their efforts on McDuffie at the 3-4 position. Falzon just announced his commitment to Northwestern.
Last month, the 6-foot-7, 185-pound small forward from Jersey City, N.J. trimmed his list of colleges to four--VCU, SMU, Boston College and Wichita State. He's already taken official visits to VCU (9/19) and Wichita State (9/26), and following an official to BC this weekend, will conclude his tour at SMU (10/24).
McDuffie recently cracked ESPN's Top 100 as the 92nd best recruit in the 2015 class. He's rated as a four-star recruit according to ESPN, and a three-star per Rivals and 247Sports. He's a bit undersized at the moment, but St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley thinks he'll fill out to about 6-foot-9.
"He's an effective player right now," Hall of Fame St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley told SNY.tv. "Last year he led us in scoring as a junior. I think he had a pretty good out-of-season [summer] period, so you're getting a pretty good player right now.
"But when you look at him physically, you realize that he's nowhere near where he's going to be. He's rail thin yet, physical comparisons would be to Kevin Durant, that type of physique. The projection on his growth is that he's probably going to level off somewhere around 6-9 so you have a kid with great length who is a very good player without the body yet, without any physical strength yet. He's very versatile and can do a little bit of everything."
Christian and the Eagles coaching staff has already secured verbal commitments from SG Matt Milon, SG Jerome Robinson and SF A.J. Turner in the 2015 class, though they have no shortage of available scholarships after the large senior class graduates.