Christian Reeves, 7-foot-1 center, commits to Duke

On3 imageby:Joe Tipton12/14/21


Just when you thought Duke was done, coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer has landed yet another commitment. This time from three-star Christian Reeves, a 7-foot-1 center from Charlotte (N.C.) Oak Hill Academy. 

Reeves received an offer from the Duke Blue Devils on Monday night but kept the news quiet because the plan all along was to announce his college commitment today, December 14th, on the birthday of both himself and his mother. 

Christian Reeves anticipated the offer from Duke and knew it was only a matter of time before it was official. On3 spoke to Reeves postgame last week after Oak Hill’s 90-55 win over Legacy Early College, where Reeves posted a stat line of 7 rebounds, 15 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Reeves told On3 “If Duke offers, I’m committing.”

Today, that statement became true.

So, why the Blue Devils?

“Every year they are going to have the best talent, some of the top talent in the country so just going against that every day in practice is going to be good for me,” Reeves said. “You can only get better up there. They also have so many resources, with the weight room, nutrition, all of that stuff is great. And of course, their academics are great too.”

Reeves said the current plan is to redshirt his freshman year, which will mean he will debut alongside his current Oak Hill teammate and fellow Duke commit, Caleb Foster

“I’ve known Caleb since 7th grade, and we’ve been playing together since then,” Reeves said. “We’re building that chemistry together. That’s something Coach Scheyer said that’s something we can work on right now, just to continue to build our chemistry so once we get to Duke, it’ll be great.”

It’s no secret that Jon Scheyer and Duke have formed a monster six-man recruiting class. Five-star Mark Mitchell committed last week. Dereck Lively II, Dariq Whitehead, Kyle Filipowski, and Jaden Shutt all signed during the early signing period last month.

Reeves grew up a fan of North Carolina

Funny enough, Reeves says he grew up a die-hard fan of North Carolina. But during his freshman year, Reeves went to go see a game in Durham, and ever since then, he says Duke has been his dream school. 

What are Reeves’ current strengths?

“Running the floor, blocking shots, rebounding, second-chance points, and finishing off the dump-offs around the rim,” Reeves said.

What does Reeves want to improve on?

“Making moves one-on-one in the post, getting more comfortable shooting the mid-range and three in-game, being able to handle the ball a little bit, guarding on the perimeter a little bit better, and getting stronger.”