Two years remain in the prep career of B.J. Duling. The majority of players positioned like him announce that they’re taking their time with the recruiting process.
Duling’s recruitment very well could extend out until he’s a senior. He’s just not locking himself into that type of timeline. He’s proceeding with his eyes wide open.
"It’s more about finding the right fit rather than timing. I’m looking for a school with a great basketball program as well as academics," the New Albany (OH) High wing said.
The 6-foot-7, 215-pound, Class-of-2017 prospect reports offers from Iowa, Toledo and Kent State. The Hawkeyes are a newcomer to the group.
"I was very, very excited. Iowa has a great basketball program and is a great college. I can’t even explain how happy I was when Coach (Fran) McCaffery offered. It’s a true blessing to be asked to be apart of such a great program," Duling said.
Duling runs with the All-Ohio Red on the AAU circuit. He’s coming off a sophomore high school season that saw him average 9.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in earning second-team all-conference honors.
"I feel one of my biggest strengths is reading the floor well and being able to get the ball inside to the big man. I can also get to the rim quickly and finish strong above the rim. I have improved my shot and feel I can knock them down anywhere on the perimeter. I love the game and strive to get better everyday," he said.
Duling is a versatile wing that could fit at the two or three. It’s the type of flexibility McCaffery covets.
"When I spoke to coach he said that he saw me play and he liked what he saw. He told me I’d be a great fit in the program," Duling said.
In addition to the schools that have offered scholarships, Duling said he and his parents are hearing most often from Dayton, Xavier, Purdue, Michigan, Ohio and Akron.
"Right now, I’m spending a lot of time in the gym working to improve my game so I can bring my best in 2017. After this July, I am hoping to get the opportunity to visit Iowa and meet with the coaches. My parents are also looking forward to that," he said.
"So maybe August I would like to see campus and learn more about the basketball program as soon as possible."
As of now, Duling said he’s learning towards a Business/Marketing major in college.