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FanTake: 3 Bold Predictions for Duke Basketball in the 2014-2015 Season

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1. Duke will land at least two of the trio of Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor, and Justise Winslow

Jones and Okafor both have said there’s a very good possibility of them both attending the same school together. In recent news, Justise Winslow has been thrown into the mix to headline a possible coming of the college version of the “Big 3″.

Justise is a top 10 player in most rankings and considered one of the best swingman in the upcoming class. Even though these three say it’s a good possibility they all may attend the same college, Jahlil has stated in multiple interviews that at the end of the day they need to do what’s best for each other.

I’m not saying it couldn’t happen, I just feel it may be a bit of a reach to say they are 100% sold on going to the same school together. One thing I believe for sure is that Duke will grab at least 2 of these 3 future stars. If I had to pick I would say Tyus and Jahlil attend Duke while Justise decides to leave his buds to go blossom at the University of Arizona.

2. Jabari Parker stays at Duke for his sophomore season

No typo here, I know how talented Jabari is and that he could be drafted in the top 10 in this year’s draft. But Jabari is one of those players who doesn’t come around too often.

Jabari has also stated in multiple interviews that he wants to stay in school and get his degree; yes I know you can do that while in the league, but Jabari is the type of player where I believe going pro is one of the last things on his mind at this point.

I make this prediction because I believe Duke will have a very successful season this year and Jabari will just fall in love with Duke Basketball. Two of the greatest Dukies to ever play in Cameron Indoor had this passion and stayed at Duke all four years (Nolan Smith, Kyle Singler).

I am not saying this is the case with Jabari, but with the bright outlook for Duke Basketball these next two seasons, there are plenty of reason why Jabari would forgo the NBA Draft and stay at Duke for an extra year or two.

3. Duke will have the overall best roster in the country

Assuming nobody transfers and just probably the departure of Rodney Hood to the NBA, along with all the seniors graduating the roster will look like this:

PG- Quinn Cook
SG- Rasheed Suliamon
F- Alex Murphy
F- Jabari Parker
F- Semi Ojeleye
F- Amile Jefferson
G- Grayson Allen
G- Matt Jones
C- Marshall Plumlee

Right now, that roster may not look too sexy but you give these guys, other than Allen, another season of experience and development under Coach K, every one of those guys could be one of the best players in the country at their position, especially Cook, Sheed, and Parker. Though Duke still looks a little weak in the middle this roster, it’s excluding the very possible possibility of Duke landing Jahlil Okafor (#1 Center and overall player for 2014) or Goodluck Okonoboh (#4 Center and #19 overall in 2014). On top that you can add a nice chance at getting a commitment from #1 PG Tyus Jones, #4 PF Kevon Looney, and the #2 SG in Justise Winslow.

Duke has offered more than those guys but these players are the guys I feel Duke has a true chance of adding to their roster.

Now let’s take a moment and look at the roster I strongly believe Duke could have:

PG- Quinn Cook
SG- Rasheed Suliamon
F- Alex Murphy
F- Jabari Parker
F- Semi Ojeleye
F- Amile Jefferson
G- Grayson Allen
G- Matt Jones
C- Marshall Plumlee
C- Jahlil Okafor/ Goodluck Okonoboh
PG- Tyus Jones
G/F- Justise Winslow
F- Kevon Looney

Now that may seem like a reach, but with everything I’ve been reading and observing it really isn’t that much of a reach. If Coach K gets his hands on a roster with this much talent, forget it NCAA, it’s over.

As Duke Fans let’s hope I’m some kind of crystal ball prediction genius.