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Duke head coach Jon Scheyer and the Blue Devils spent most of Saturday watching their gridiron counterparts take on Northwestern while also hosting one of the best players in the class of 2025.
Five star small forward Nate Ament, a 6-foot-7, 175 pound prospect from Manassas (VA)’s Colgan High School, made an unofficial visit to Durham today and left campus with a scholarship offer.
“After a great visit, I’m blessed to receive an offer from Duke University,” Ament posted to his social media account. “All glory to God!”
Ranked as the No.13 overall player in the current junior class and the second best small forward in America, Ament is a North Carolina native who projects as one of 2025’s most interesting long-term prospects according to 247Sports.com expert Travis Branham.
Ament first caught the eye of the 247Sports.com staff this season during the Will Barton Elite Camp in Baltimore where he flashed terrific versatility on both sides of the ball, able to score at all three levels while defending on the perimeter and in the post. Accordingly his recruitment has begun to attract a number of high major programs.
“My recruitment is going well,” Ament told 247 earlier this summer. “I’m taking it slow and keeping an open mind through it all. I’m really trying to listen to what each school is saying and see if it’s actually true. When they tell me something I go back and watch their games and see if what they’re saying is true. I’m just taking it as slow as I can.”
The Blue Devil visit has been planned for quite some time as has a trip next weekend to Virginia. Outside of those two ACC powers, Ament says he’s hearing from other high majors such as Indiana, Pittsburgh, Mississippi State, and LSU among others.
With regard to Duke, he’s familiar with the program’s history and the current state under second year coach Scheyer.
“Duke has been good. I’ve been hearing a lot from the new assistant coach, coach Dildy. Coach Lucas is a great guy as well, he’s been texting me and building that relationship.”
Ahead of his trip to Durham on Saturday, Ament knew what he wanted out of this round of unofficial visits.
“The most important thing I’m looking at is the relationship between coaches and players,” he said. “I’m looking at how well they get along, how well the players get along with each other, how they run their practices, how they run their offense and defense, and how they talk and treat their players. Im keeping an eye on all of that.”
Ament becomes the ninth known offer from Duke in the class of 2025 joining Cameron Boozer, Cayden Boozer, Koa Peat, Caleb Wilson, Khaman Maluach, Jalen Haralson, Brayden Burries, and Meleek Thomas. Each of those players is considered a five star prospect.