After losing out on two post players in the past two weeks, the Duke Blue Devils finally landed one. Jahlil Okafor, the number one center according to ESPN top 100 recruits, announced he will be playing for the Blue Devils. This is one of the best post players in the class, and will give Duke the post player that they lacked during the Kansas game.
The news gets even better—Okafor wasn’t the only one to announce he was going to Duke last week. Okafor was part of a package deal with Tyus Jones, who also announced he was going to be playing for the Blue Devils next season. Jones is a point guard, and the number four player according to ESPN. They will be able to contribute right away for the Blue Devils.
Okafor is one of the best players in his class, and will play right away for Duke at the center position. He will be asked to dominant the paint, something the Blue Devils lack this season. He is the more important of the two for Duke because of their need for a great post player, and he will be one at the next level.
Jones is a great point guard, and along with Okafor, will make a great one-two punch. He is a great player, a prototypical point guard. He is a great passer, and will be great at the next level. Quinn Cook could still be at Duke next season, but Jones will get plenty of time, and could even start. Jones and Cook could challenge each other next season in practice. Duke will lose Tyler Thornton, so they will need Jones to have depth at point guard.
This could be a great partnership for next season, and Duke fans should be excited. Those two, along with Grayson Allen, are a great recruiting class. They have a distributor, a dominant big, and a great shooter. This combination could make this one of the best recruiting classes in the country. Depending on who stays, and who else commits to this class, Duke could be the frontrunner for the 2014-2015 National Championship.
There are still two recruits that could attend Duke next season in Myles Turner and Justise Winslow. The more likely of the two to commit is Winslow, because he visited Duke the same weekend as Jones and Okafor. The other reason is that Winslow said that he would be open to playing with both Jones and Okafor.
Turner has also said that he and Okafor could play together, and that their games could fit well for both players. This could be a big recruiting class for Duke if they could get one or both players that are left considering the Blue Devils, it could be as big as the Michigan’s Fab Five or this past season Kentucky’s recruiting class.
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