TJ Power commits to Duke live on 247Sports

TJ Power22nd overall in the 2023 National Class, he just announced his commitment to Duke at a Worcester Academy gala broadcast live on 247Sports.

Power Duke selected from the final five which also included Boston College, Iowa, North Carolina and Virginia.

His commitment only adds to the highest-ranking enlistment class in the country McKinsey ConferenceAnd the Sean StewartAnd the Caleb FosterAnd the Jared McCain Having committed all of them during their junior year.

“I think in general it was my relationship with coach Shire,” Bauer said. “I kind of see him as a young coach who has something to prove and has a little chip on his shoulder. I get on with that really well and we kind of do it.”

Duke was one of the few blue-blooded programs to join Power’s enlistment after the first week of his enlistment period in July, when he played some of the best basketball of his career at the Kansas City session for EYBL.

After her enlistment period ended, Power visited both Duke and North Carolina having previously seen Virginia and Boston College.

“The Duke brand came out, too,” Bauer said. “Being able to contribute to that and play on the big stage has been something I’ve been thinking about for a very long time.”

Power’s journey to this point has been a long and stormy one that has included years as a multi-sport athlete, specifically as a pitcher on a baseball diamond who regularly clocked in excess of 85 mph while left-handed throwing (basketball hitting with his right hand).

“It was my freshman year in high school when things started to turn into basketball which I really wanted to do at the next level,” Bauer said. “Basketball has always been really fun. I never feel like working and that made me feel like it.”

While Bauer’s priorities may have begun to shift early in his high school career, he continued to play both sports, and was a bit late on the basketball court.

Indeed, in the midst of the epidemic, his recruitment had grown to a high-ranking level. He arrived at Worcester Academy the following September and was able to play against top competitors on a consistent basis for the first time.

He said, “I didn’t really know what to expect when I first attended Worcester Academy, and when I realized I could be really productive at NEPSAC, he also told me to say ‘I can be really good if I keep working on it’.”

Working on it was exactly what Bauer had done in recent years.

In fact, while he is now recognized as one of the best strikers in the country, he was initially a combination of size, versatility and skills as a ball coach and passer. Shooting has been much more advanced recently over the past year.

This continued progress eventually allowed him to be selected for some of the most prestigious college basketball programs in the country.

“I have always dreamed of being in this position,” he said. “I kind of kept working and now the work is paying off, so I’m very happy.”

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