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Promising young player puts Duke Basketball on the list of “dream schools”

Hassan Koureissi is ranked 120th overall and No. 2 in New York among 2026 recruits according to On3 rankings. While it's too early to expect rising juniors outside the top 25 or so to attract much attention in Duke basketball, the 6'3″, 175-pound guard mentioned in his recent conversation with Pro Insight that the Blue Devils are one of the three programs he most wants to hear about when it comes to potential applicants for his “dream school.”

Kentucky and UCLA are the first two he mentioned.

“And Duke,” Koureissi added. “Duke, definitely.”

It is worth noting that Koureissi attends Archbishop Stepinac (NY), the same elite school that produced sharpshooter AJ Griffin, who played for the Duke basketball team in 2021-22 and played as a reserve forward for the Atlanta Hawks as a sophomore.

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Koureissi, a confident downhill playmaker and fluid spot-up shooter, answered Pro Insight's question about his strengths by first talking about defense.

“I'm a guy that loves to defend the best players, defend the best defender on the team,” he said. “I play well with and without the ball and I'm just a warrior on the court. I love to win.”

So far, he has received offers from Dayton, St. John's, Manhattan, Iona, St. Bonaventure and Saint Louis.

Hassan Koureissi is playing for a strong PSA Cardinals E16 team on the Nike EYBL tour this spring and summer, averaging 7.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists in just 15.5 minutes per game.

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