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NCAA Basketball Recruiting: 8 teams to watch for rising 2025 5-star prospect Nate Ament

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When looking at the 2025 NCAA Basketball recruiting class, the main names to watch have including AJ Dybansta, Darryn Peterson, and brothers, Cameron and Cayden Boozer. One name that is earning his spot in the top-tier group is Nate Ament, one of the fastest-rising prospects in the past couple of months.

Ament, a 6'9 forward prospect from the state of Virginia, has been making waves on the AAU Circuit. He's had multiple big outings, including a 41-point performance this past weekend. He's a great offensive player who can spread the floor while taking opponents off the dribble. Ament is a natural mismatch for most opposing forwards and with his offensive skills on display, is now a consensus 5-star prospect in the 2025 class, ranked No. 14 overall per 247sportsComposite.

Recently, a few big-named schools have made offers to Ament and expect there to be a big battle for his services down the road. Based on the early interest from teams, here are eight to potentially keep an eye on down the road.

Duke Blue Devils

Once Ament ascended into top-tier status, it was only a matter of time before Duke got into the mix. The question is whether or not he's even their top option at the forward position. Even assuming that Cooper Flagg is only around for one season, the Blue Devils are already deep in the recruitments of 5-star prospects, Caleb Wilson and Cameron Boozer, the No. 2 overall target in the class. If they find a way to land both of them first, they probably won't have a shot to get Ament.

Indiana Hoosiers

There are a pair of former 5-star forward prospects on the current roster in Mackenzie Mgbako and Malik Reneau, two guys who could be gone after next season to the pro route. They've reportedly been after several forwards in the 2025 class, including now Ament. With Arizona transfer Oumar Ballo leaving too, this would be an opportunity for him to be a focal point a year from now.