Earlier this week Duke Basketball fans finally received the bad news that they had been anticipating since the season ended when Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood both officially declared for the NBA draft. With Hood and Parker no longer with the program all Duke fans can do is thank them for the entertaining year they spent with the program and try to move on.
Now the question is being raised as to who the best newcomer for the Duke Blue Devils will be for the 2014-2015 season. The two obvious candidates are incoming freshman center Jahlil Okafor, who is the number one ranked high school senior in the country, or incoming freshman point guard Tyus Jones, who is the number four ranked high school seniors in the country.
It was very tough to decide which of these players will have the larger impact next season but in the end I decided to go with Tyus Jones.
My logic is very simple, after watching tapes of both players I ended up being extremely impressed with Jones’ ability to create opportunities for his teammates through dribble penetration. Jones is also a very deadly three point shooter. Jones is also extremely athletic and consistently finishes plays above the rim despite the fact that he is only six feet tall.
Okafor on the other hand is impressively strong and looks like he will be a dominate force on the defensive end. He is very crafty in the post on offense and already has a very refined offensive game. He will be a great compliment to the three point oriented offense that Duke seems to run year after year.
The main reason that Jones gets the slight edge over Okafor is that he is probably going to be the floor general for the Blue Devils next season. His ability to successfully lead the team will go a long way to determining how far the Blue Devils go in next season’s NCAA tournament.