The class of 2014 has the potential to be an extremely special recruiting class for Duke Basketball.
Grayson Allen, combo guard from Providence has already committed. He can handle the ball, shoot, score in a variety of different ways. In a recent piece, he was compared to Rex Chapman for his versatility.
There are 3 other recruits high on Duke’s wish list that you already know about…
Tyus Jones, the #1 point guard in the class (and quite possibly the most sought after PG since Kyrie), Jahlil Okafor the #1 center, and Justise Winslow, the #1 small forward.
You already know that Jones and Okafor want to play together. Recently it is becoming apparent that Winslow could join them and the trio will end up at the same school.
Dave Telep of ESPN recently compared all 3 of their lists and found that only Duke, Baylor, and Kansas were on all of the lists and that at the moment, Duke is likely the favorite of those 3 schools to land the trio if they do stick to “the plan.”
So in 2014, just from a recruiting class, you could have a starting lineup of Tyus Jones, Grayson Allen, Justise Winslow, and Jahlil Okafor. Duke is also in the mix for a few of the top power forwards, such as Kevin Looney.
One would assume Quinn Cook will be back for his senior year so he would be the starting PG. It is possible that Rasheed Sulaimon bolts for the draft, even though I’m not sold on that theory. Rodney Hood, however, I think will only be Duke for one year, as he was highly rated as an NBA prospect after his sophomore year at Mississippi State (NBADraft.net had him as the #5 pick). You’ll still have Amile Jefferson, Alex Murphy, Marshall Plumlee, along with Semi Ojeleye and Matt Jones. I also think Jabari Parker will be back as well. I believe he’s at Duke for 2 seasons, especially if Jones and Okafor committ.
So here’s the potential roster for 2014 (in alphabetical order by position):
PG – Quinn Cook
PG – Tyus Jones
SG – Grayson Allen
SG – Matt Jones
SG – Rasheed Sulaimon
SF – Alex Murphy
SF – Semi Ojeleye
SF – Jabari Parker
SF – Justise Winslow
PF – Amile Jefferson
C – Jahlil Okafor
C – Marshall Plumlee
And that’s not counting any other potential recruits.
We know how Coach K has used players on Team USA and he will be doing that this upcoming season. If this lineup happens in 2014, expect him to do the same as well. While some say there would not be enough minutes for everyone, I say K will run run run and wear other teams out on both ends of the floor, creating plenty of minutes for those that earn them.
While this team will not be on the level as the back-to-back National Champion teams, this lineup has the potential, in my opinion, to be one of the top 3 or 4 teams in Duke history. I believe they will rival the ’99 national runner-up and 2001 National Championship teams.
A lot has to happen between now and then, but I based on all the recruiting experts I’ve been reading, I’m feeling very confident in Duke’s chances in not only landing those players, but adding yet another National Championship banner to Cameron Indoor Stadium.