Duke basketball recruit Christian Reeves excited to join 2022 class

RALEIGH – Christian Reeves was sitting in Oak Hill Academy’s gym earlier this month, his national letter of intent on the table in front of him, when an assistant coach offered a brief yet powerful reminder about his journey.

“You know this is, like, one in a million for people, right?”

Reeves, a three-star 2022 center and Duke basketball commit, already considered the past year a blissful blur. But that comment, he said, made him briefly reflect on how much had truly changed for the better.

In 12 months, he’d gone from an unranked recruit at Concord’s Cannon School with primarily mid-major offers to a summer breakout prospect visiting South Carolina and Minnesota to the most surprising addition to Duke’s No. 1 overall recruiting class, a developmental big nestled among one-and-dones.

So forgive the 7-foot-1 Reeves if the grin that spread across his face as he put pen to paper on signing day followed him all the way from southwest Virginia to Raleigh last weekend. It’s been a joyful April.

“A dream come true, really,” he told the USA TODAY Network.

Duke basketball signee Christian Reeves, who grew up in Charlotte played at Providence Day School and Cannon School before transferring out of state, returned to North Carolina for the Hoop State Network's Last Dance All-Star Game on Saturday, April 16, 2022.

Though he played his senior year north of state lines, Reeves was still a logical choice for last Saturday’s Hoop State Network Last Dance All-Star Game, given his North Carolina roots. He grew up in Charlotte, briefly played at Providence Day School and won consecutive NCISAA state championships with Cannon.

So, in a Triangle precursor before he reports to Duke in June, Reeves hit the court at Enloe High School for a few alley-oops and putback slams, plus one very resounding block that prompted this postgame tweet: “My son tried to dunk on a 7-foot Duke commit yesterday. It ended as you would expect. “

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