TJ Power pieced together a dominant July in the Nike EYBL and on the Nike Peach Jam to earn multiple blueblood offers. In the end, he picked Duke over North Carolina, Boston College, Iowa and Virginia, and broke down his thought process behind the decision in a blog for Sports Illustrated.

I am happy to say that I’m officially joining The Brotherhood at Duke University.

For me, this whole process has been a learning experience. You go through each college, and you have the pros and cons, and Duke just checked most of the boxes.

I grew up watching them and their players and idolizing some of them like Cam Reddish, Marvin Bagley III, Jayson Tatum and Gary Trent. Now, I’m able to step in and play there for a guy like Coach [Jon] Scheyer, who I know really believes in me, and that’s so big for me.

I loved my visit, then you pair that with who they have coming in with me, just great guards and playmakers who can really score the ball. I know it’s gonna be such an electric experience to be able to be on the floor with those guys.

The overall brand of Duke also really got me. I think I really fit well with all the ideals there and how they approach things at that school.

All of that is what did it for me.

It’s crazy to look back on my last couple of months and how fast things moved. I was never really sitting on the Duke offer or waiting for big things to happen because I was in a really good spot with some schools.