All of the Duke Blue Devil recruits for next season were selected as a McDonalds All American. All four are split up, with two on the East squad and two on the West squad. This is an impressive recruiting class, and it is being justified with all four incoming freshmen in the game. Jahlil Okafor and Grayson Allen are on the west team, while Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow are on the east team.
This recruiting class could be something special for the Blue Devils. With four great players coming in it could spell for a great season for them. They have the most players in the McDonalds game, along with Kentucky. According to ESPN, Duke has the number one recruiting class for next season.
This recruiting class has two great guards in Jones and Allen. Winslow is a great wing, and Okafor at center is the number one overall recruit. It should be a great game putting Jones and Okafor on different teams. It puts Jones trying to get in to the lane against Okafor, and if their other game was any indication of what to expect, Jones won’t be afraid to go in to the lane. This will be a great matchup to watch, just to see if they meet in the lane, and if Jones will try to get the best of Okafor. There will be very little defense so that will put Jones in a more favorable position.
The other two players in Allen and Winslow might not ever be matched up against each other, but they will be competing just as much. Allen is smaller than Winslow, but there might be a few moments in the game where they are against each other. This would be a good matchup to watch with a great offensive player in Allen, and a great defensive player in Winslow.
Every player that will be going to Duke next season should have a great game in the McDonalds All American game. They are very offensively talented players, and should play a great game. Okafor is playing in his hometown, so he should want to put on a great show.
Look for at least one future Blue Devil to win the player of the game honors, and it wouldn’t be out of possibility that two future Duke Blue Devils could win player of the game. Okafor should have plenty of dunks in this game. Jones should be able to reach a double-double with points and assists. Allen should be able to hit a couple of threes and reach double digits in points. Winslow should have a couple of great plays on the defensive and offensive ends of the court.
This should be a great game this season with plenty of great matchups to watch. It will showcase how great Duke could be next season. This should be a great game to have the Duke teammates get used to each other and have a chance to work with each other.