While the Duke basketball program is busy focusing on preparing for the 2015-16 season, Gary Parrish and the team at CBS Sports posted a feature about the teams that appear to be in the best position to succeed over the next five years.
Coming off the program’s fifth national championship under Mike Krzyzewski, the Blue Devils topped the list over Kentucky, Kansas, and Arizona.
The main criteria for the rankings focused on coaching, young players currently on the roster, and recruiting.
The following offers a glimpse into why Parrish and his colleagues gave Duke the nod over John Calipari and Kentucky:
“The Blue Devils are coming off of a national championship, somewhat reloaded already and likely to eventually sign the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class in 2016.”
With the way Coach K has evolved over the past few years, Duke appears to be in as good a position as ever.
Once reluctant to adjust to the new one-and-done era of college basketball, Duke has now become a force to be reckoned with on the recruiting trail, bringing in No. 1 recruiting classes in 2014 and 2015, and in great shape for another incredible class in 2016.
What Krzyzewski has been able to do is astounding. He’s been one of the premier coaches in college basketball for the past four decades, and the fact that he’s showing no signs of slowing down is the biggest reason why Duke appears to be in such great position for the next five years.
A great deal of credit should also go to the Duke assistant coaches – Jeff Capel, Jon Scheyer, and Nate James – who have done a fantastic job in building strong relationships with players early in the recruiting process.
It’s an awesome time to be a Duke fan, and according to CBS Sports, the good times will keep coming.