Trevor Keels took the slow and steady approach to his college recruitment, and kept a rather low profile before announcing his commitment date and official final four list.
He originally planned on making a decision on Sunday, before opting to move it up to Friday afternoon on ESPN2 during a GEICO high school nationals semifinal game.
Now, the wait is finally over.
Keels, a consensus five-star prospect in the class of 2021, has chosen Duke over Kentucky, Villanova, and Virginia.
“All four coaches are hall of famers in my eyes, but that connection I had with Coach K was different,” Keels said of his decision to pick Duke over the other schools in his final four list.
Entering Friday, he was the highest ranked remaining unsigned player in the class of 2021. According to ESPN, he’s No. 19 in the country, while 247sports lists him at No. 20.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound guard hails from Fairfax, Va. and attends Paul VI Catholic, Brandon Slater’s alma mater.
This year, in a shortened high school season, Keels averaged averaged 28.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 7.2 assists and 3.8 steals per game. He also recorded six triple-doubles.
The Wildcats still have four class of 2021 commits — Trey Patterson (Somerset, N.J./Rutgers Prep), Nnanna Njoku (Hockessin, Del./Sanford School), Jordan Longino (Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy), and Angelo Brizzi (Warrenton, Va./Highland).