Five-star junior A.J. Griffin verbally committed to Duke on Monday.

The 6-foot-6 forward from Archbishop Stepinac High School in White Plains, N.Y., is rated as the nation's No. 8 prospect in the Class of 2021 by the 247Sports composite.

Griffin, who officially visited with the Blue Devils last month, made the announcement on Twitter.

"I picked Duke because when I went on the visit and just before that when they came to visit me on the first day they showed me that I'm their number one priority and I meant a lot to them," Griffin told 247 Sports. "I felt like we had a connection from the start and I belonged at that place. I think they can help me get to the next level. I feel like they can help my game improve."

The son of former NBA player and current Toronto Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin reportedly had offers from Villanova, Kentucky, Illinois and Michigan.

Griffin played for the USA Basketball U-16 team that won a gold medal at this summer's 2019 FIBA Americas U-16 Championship.

He is the Blue Devils' first commitment for the 2021 class. Duke currently has the No. 1-ranked recruiting class for 2020.

--Field Level Media

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