Kahlil Dukes was born May 17, 1995 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was a high school basketball sensation at Capital Prep. He was All-State three times and his 2,228 career points place him 7th on the all-time scorer list in state history. read more
Kahlil Dukes was born May 17, 1995 in Hartford, Connecticut. He was a high school basketball sensation at Capital Prep. He was All-State three times and his 2,228 career points place him 7th on the all-time scorer list in state history.
Dukes also played AAU basketball for the Connecticut Basketball Club (CBC). He was recruited by over 25 NCAA Division 1 universities before ultimately choosing the University of Southern California (USC) in 2013. With dreams of being a screenwriter and NBA player, Dukes planned to study Cinematography at USC and work his NBA Dream into a reality. However, Dukes saw limited playing time his first two years at USC and decided to transfer.
Over a dozen school’s contacted Dukes to transfer to their university, and he chose Niagara of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC). Dukes would finish his collegiate career at Niagara as the only unanimous 2018 All-MAAC First-Team selection, the 2018 MAAC Player of the Year, an Associate Press (AP) All-America honorable mention honor, a bachelors degree in Communications and a masters degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
Dukes entered the 2018 NBA draft but was not drafted. He then decided to take his talents overseas and is currently playing his fourth year pro in Bulgaria. He has also played in Russia, Poland and Turkey. He is represented by Klutch Sports Group Agency.
Dukes believes in hard work, dedication, relentlessness, consistency, tenacity, self-love, teamwork, good energy, positivity, family and God. He is an aspiring songwriter and loves cinema, inspiring others, telling jokes and being silly, writing and telling his story, and spending time with his family and loved ones.
Capital Prep (2009-2013)
Freshman Year Awards/Honors: CIAC CSC First Team All Conference, CIAC 1st Team All State, CIAC Tournament Quarter Finalist, 35th Annual Doc Hurley Classic MVP, 11th Annual David T. Rybczyk Memorial Basketball Tournament All Tournament Team, Maxpreps Freshman All American Team, Lead All Freshman in the Nation in scoring (29.1ppg), Lead the State of Connecticut in Scoring (29.1ppg), Preps Hoops Assist Top 80 Freshman Team, New England Recruiting Report Top 10 Freshman, New England Recruiting Report Top 2 Freshman in State of Connecticut, ESPN Player Profile Rating: 77/100, New Haven Register All State Honorable Mention, Hoop Group Elite Future All American Camp Invite and All Star Selection, Maxpreps Freshman of the Year Honorable Mention.
Best game of freshman year:
February 17, 2010 – 34 Points, 12 assists, and 5 steals in 114-107 win on the road against Windham Tech
Sophomore Year Awards/Honors:
Averaged 14.8 points, 6.5 assists, 2.4 rebounds, and 2 steals per game, CIAC CSC First Team All Conference, CIAC 2nd Team All State, CIAC Tournament Semi Finalist, 35th Annual Doc Hurley Classic MVP, Lead the State of Connecticut in Assists (6.5ppg), New England Recruiting Report Top 5 Sophomore in State of Connecticut, ESPN Player Profile Rating: 80/100, Scored 1,000th point, New Haven Register 3rd Team All State.
Best game of Sophomore Year:
January 25, 2011 – 24 Points, 11 Assists, and 4 steals in 112-14 win on the road against Ellis Tech.
Junior Year Awards/Honors:
Averaged 22 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2.5 steals a game, ESPNHS Connecticut Hoops Magazine Issue “Got Game” feature, CIAC CSC First Team All Conference, CIAC 1st Team All State, CIAC State Championship Runner Up, 36th Annual Doc Hurley MVP (career high 51 Points in 2OT win against Classical), New Haven Register 2nd Team All State, New England Recruiting Report Top 10 Ranking in England (#8), New England Recruiting Report Top 3 in Connecticut (#2), Led the 4th Annual Adidas Invitational (Indianapolis) in scoring (27ppg w/ one game of 41 points) during AAU circuit with the Connecticut Basketball Club (CBC), Scored 42 Points and 48 Points in AAU tournaments in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Adidas Super 64 to capture an offer from the University of Southern California (USC), committed to USC July 28th in Las Vegas.
Best game of Junior Year:
December 17, 2011 – 51 Points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists in 2OT win at the 36th Annual Doc Hurley against Classical.
Senior Year Awards/Honors:
Signed to USC (Southern California) November 14th, 2012
Averaged 24 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and 3 steals per game, became Capital Prep’s All-Time Leading Scorer (2,228 career points), Top 10 All Time Scorers List in Connecticut History, 37th Annual Doc Hurley Classic MVP (24 points in lost to Career), 2013 Spalding HoopHall Classic MVP (28 points in lost to Lincoln High School of New York), CIAC CSC First Team All Conference (4th straight year), CIAC First Team All State (3rd time in 4 years), Top 25 Pre-Season New Haven Register Player to Watch, New Haven Register First Team All State, JCC SchoolBoy Classic All Star Game Selectee, Top 15 Senior New England Recruiting Report Rankings (#14), Top 3 Senior in Connecticut New England Recruiting Report Rankings (#2), CSC Conference Tournament Champion (made the game winning shot), CIAC Class S Quarter Finalist (last high school career game: 32 points in lost to Weaver).
Best games of Senior Year:
February 6, 2012 – 40 Points (15/27 shooting), 10 assists, and 5 steals in 106-79 win on the road against University
February 22, 2012 – 36 Points (15/24 shooting), 5 assists, and 4 rebounds in last regular season high school game in a 107-69 win on the road against Bullard Havens.
Games Played: 100
USC (Southern California) (2013-2015)
2013-14: Dukes played in 19 games and made two starts, averaging 2.7 points and 0.3 rebounds per game. Was fifth on the team with 11 three-pointers made and led the team with a .355 average from beyond the arc. He also went 6-for-7 (.857) from the free throw line. Made his collegiate debut vs. CS Northridge on Nov. 12 and went 2-for-3 from the floor, including hitting his only three-point attempt, to finish with five points, an assist, a steal and a rebound. Scored eight points in 10 minutes and hit two three-pointers vs. Wake Forest on Nov. 29. Scored a season-high 10 points in a season-high 20 minutes vs. Utah on Feb. 13. Scored five points and had a season-high two rebounds at Washington State on March 6.
2014-15: Dukes played in 20 games averaging 2.1 points per game and 0.3 rebounds per game. He played a career-high 29 minutes vs Arizona State and had a career-high (and game high) 18 points on 7/15 shooting on February 22. Dukes elected to transfer from USC and was released on March 25th.
Dukes, a native of Hartford, Conn., earned numerous accolades after a stellar 2017-18 campaign. Dukes was named to the Associated Press (AP) All-America Honorable Mention team. Dukes, who was tabbed to the 2017-18 Preseason All-MAAC Second Team, posted career-highs with 21.0 points per game and with 3.3 assists per game while setting career-high numbers in field goal percentage (46.5 %), 3-point field goal percentage (41.7%), 3-pointers made (95), and total free throws made (149). Dukes was second in the MAAC and 30th in the NCAA in scoring and led the conference in free throw percentage (90.9 percent) and in 3-point field goal percentage (41.7 percent).
Dukes was named the 2017-18 MAAC Co-Player of the Year to become the fourth Purple Eagle in program history to earn the distinction. He was the only unanimous selection to the 2017-18 All-MAAC First Team, was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division I All-District I First Team, the All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Second Team, and the All-Mid Major Second Team by College Sports Madness.
He finished his two-year career at Niagara as the program’s career leader in free throw percentage (91.4 %), with 1,202 points, 244 assists, and 160 3-pointers. His 95 3-pointers are second most in a single season.
Dukes, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications in May 2017, earned a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in May 2018.
As a Redshirt-senior guard at Niagara in 2018, Kahlil Dukes was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Year. Dukes, became the fourth Purple Eagle in program history to be named MAAC Player of the Year.
Dukes joined Juan Mendez (2004-05), Demond Stewart (2000-01), and Alvin Young (1998-99) as MAAC Player of the Year recipients from Niagara University.
Dukes, who was named to the 2017-18 All-MAAC Preseason Second Team, was the only unanimous selection to the 2017-18 All-MAAC First Team. Dukes posted career-highs with 21.1 points per game and 3.3 assists per game while setting career-high numbers in field goal percentage (46.7 percent), 3-point field goal percentage (42.8 percent), 3-pointers made (92), and total free throws made (141). A two-time MAAC Player of the Week recipient, Dukes was second in the MAAC in scoring and led the conference in free throw percentage (90.4 percent), 3-pointers and 3-point field goal percentage.
Dukes produced several electric offensive performances throughout his senior season at Niagara. He had 21 20-point games, including two 30-point games, which led the MAAC and was seventh most in the nation. Dukes led all scorers with a career-high 37 points, including going 10-for-10 at the free-throw line, at Monmouth on February 4 for the most points by a Purple Eagle in four seasons. His career-high eight 3-pointers at New Hampshire is tied for second most in program history and was tied for the most in the MAAC that 2017-18 season. He recorded his first career double-double with 25 points and a career-high 11 assists versus Saint Francis (PA) on December 10.
Dukes set the single-season free throw percentage (92.1) record in the 2016-17 season, and set the program’s career free throw percentage record. He set the program’s record for consecutive made free throws with 38, breaking the record of 27 straight by Calvin Murphy during the 1969-70 season. He was fifth in career free throw percentage (90.7 percent) among the NCAA Division I student-athletes his senior season. Dukes was also the first Purple Eagle to be named to the All-MAAC First Team in five seasons.
—YEAR 1— 🇷🇺
RUSSIA SUPERLEAGUE 1
BC IRKUT STATS (15 games)
IRKUT TEAM DISBANDED (Dec 29)
SIGNED WITH BK SURGUT (Jan 6)
RUSSIA SUPERLEAGUE 1
SURGUT UGRA STATS (14 games) (7-7)
43% FG (123/287)
31% 3FG (31/101)
90% FT (44/49)
REGULAR SEASON TOTAL STATS
RUSSIA SUPERLEAGUE 1
(Irkut and Surgut) (29 games)
43% FG (247/574)
35% 3FG (65/186)
87% FT (106/122)
“PLAYOUTS” WITH SURGUT
(Playoffs for seeds 9 and above to play for 9th seed)
PLAYOUTS STATS AVG (4 games) (2-2)
59% FG (45/76)
50% 3FG (12/24)
85% FT (22/26)
FINAL STATS WITH SURGUT (18 games) (9-9)
FINAL ROOKIE YEAR STATS
RUSSIA SUPERLEAGUE 1
(IRKUT AND SURGUT) (33 games)
45% FG (292/650)
37% 3FG (77/210)
86% FT (128/148)
ROOKIE YEAR TOTALS
—YEAR 2— 🇵🇱
POLISH LEAGUE (PLK)
LEGIA WARSAW (PLK) (10 games) (3-7)
41% FG (60/145)
44% 3PG (31/71)
80% FT (20/25)
—YEAR 3— 🇹🇷
TURKISH BASKETBALL FEDERATION
TURKISH BASKETBALL LEAGUE (TBL)
SAMSUNSPOR (39 GAMES) (26-13) 🥉
38% 3FG (99/258)
90% FT (168/186)
TBL REGULAR SEASON (29 GAMES)
SAMSUNSPOR (29 GAMES) (20-9)
42% FG (164/392)
40% 3PG (81/202)
88% FT (114/130)
TBL PLAYOFFS STATS (10 games) (6-4)
44% FG (67/152)
33% 3FG (18/54)
96% FT (52/54)
—PRO CAREER TOTALS (3 YEARS)—
RUSSIA SUPERLEAGUE 1 🇷🇺
POLISH LEAGUE (PLK) 🇵🇱
TURKISH BASKETBALL LEAGUE (TBL) 🇹🇷
45% FG (585/1305)
38% 3FG (208/544)
88% FT (325/368)
—Led Russia Superleague 1 in Scoring (23.4 PPG) and Assists (6.4 ASP) (2019)
—3x Player of the Week Russia Superleague 1
EuroBasket.com (Week 3, Week 23 and
Week 24) (2019)
—1x Russia Superleague 1 Point Guard of the Month (October 2019)
—2x Russia Superleague 1 Legionnaire Player of the Month (October and November 2019)
—Russia Superleague 1 MVP (Regular Season) (2019)
—1st team All-Russia Superleague 1 (2019)
—TBL Regular Season Runner Up (2021)
—TBL Playoff Finalist (2021)
—2nd team All-Turkish Turkish Basketball League (2021)