Myles Turner has long been a top target of the Duke Blue Devils. Many felt that if Duke missed out on Jahlil Okafor, Turner would be their top big man target. As you know from this past Friday, Okafor (along with Tyus Jones), has committed to Duke. One would presume this would take them out of the running for Turner, the #4 overall recruit according to 247Sports, who’s stock soared this past summer.
Last night Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com had an interesting quote from Myles Turner’s father David:
“Duke is definitely still in the picture,” he said. “Myles would have an opportunity to play for Coach K. Jahlil and Myles could coexist. In fact, I think they make a pretty formidable 4/5 combo.”
Turner and Okafor would provide quite a 4/5 combo, one of which has not been seen in college basketball in quite some time.
If Turner were to commit to Duke, it would present an interesting dilemma for Coach K, one many feel he would love to have. Should he start freshman phenom Myles Turner along side Jahlil Okafor, over the veteran Amile Jefferson? While Amile is adjusting to playing the center position this season, his most natural position is power forward and he showed flashes last year of what he can do playing with a top big man in Mason Plumlee.
Looking ahead to the potential make up of the roster Duke probably will have a starting five currently of:
- Tyus Jones
- Quinn Cook
- Rasheed Sulaimon
- Amile Jefferson
- Jahlil Okafor
While he is already having a monster start to his freshman year, don’t count out Jabari Parker from returning for another season. He wasn’t included because he’s likely to be a Top 5 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, however, he has stated before he’s not necessarily a one-and-done candidate, plus he is close with Okafor. If he were to stay, he would have an excellent chance to win possibly another National Championship and still be a Top 5 pick in the draft.
Also not included is Rodney Hood, another player having a great season already, and potential lottery pick in the upcoming draft.
The Duke bench would more than likely consist of:
- Matt Jones
- Grayson Allen
- Semi Ojeleye
- Alex Murphy
- Marshall Plumlee
- Nick Pagliuca
There would be room for Myles Turner to join the Blue Devils even if Parker and/or Hood were to return. And if Justise Winslow commits to Duke, there would be room still, but it would be extremely tight if Parker and Hood returned.
Turner has stated in the past that Coach K believes he has one-and-done talent, so if he does become a Duke Blue Devil, it won’t be for long. What do you think? Vote below.