Five-Star SG Trevor Keels Talks Duke Visit, Coping with New Life Indoors

Jason Jordan

Roughly two weeks ago, Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.) shooting guard Trevor Keels was parked behind the Duke bench for its home game against North Carolina thoroughly convinced that he was watching a team in the Blue Devils that would make a legitimate run at a national title in the coming weeks.

That fact that he’ll never know if he was right, is “still crazy” to him. 

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“It’s hard to believe that everything has come to a stop right now,” Keels said. “Not even just sports; everything. Of course the biggest thing is for everyone to be safe, but life right now is taking some getting used to.”

Keels’ unofficial visit to Duke was his last before the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown recruiting contact until at least April 15, per orders from the NCAA.

Before the Duke visit, Keels took officials to Ohio State and Virginia. He said he planned to take his last three officials before things were shutdown.

"I wasn't sure where I was gonna go," Keels said. "But I was working on figuring that out."

Keels made the visit to Duke with his teammate and Duke signee Jeremy Roach, a five-star point guard who was named to the McDonald’s All American Game this year.

“The environment at Duke was crazy,” Keels said. “It was even better than people say. I talked to Coach K after the game and he was just telling me about the game plan that night and talking to me about how I’d be used there. I had a great time.”

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In addition to Duke, Ohio State and Virginia, Keels has offers from Michigan, North Carolina, Villanova, Miami, Georgetown, Maryland, Louisville and Seton Hall, among many others.

“Some of the coaches have stayed in contact,” Keels said. “Most of them have just been telling me that they’re still getting situated with everything going on. It’s just a crazy time all around.”

After falling short of the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title this season, Keels was focused on leading Team Takeover (Washington, D.C.) in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League and the Nike Peach Jam.

“I think we had the team to win Peach Jam,” Keels said. “That was my only focus. That’s what we all play for. I know that we could’ve got it done. Other than that, I wanted to work my way into the top 10. It’s frustrating, but it’s pretty serious out here. I still hope we get to play maybe later in the summer, but, more than anything, I just want everyone to be safe.”