With the commitment of Tyler Dorsey to Arizona, Duke has already lost out on two of their favorite recruits in the 2015 class, Dorsey and Ben Simmons. Dorsey was considered by many to be a possible Duke commit, as his early predictions on 247 Sports all had him choosing Duke. He and Ben Simmons are extremely talented players and Duke may struggle to find players that will replace their potential production. Duke will have many spots to fill in their roster, and will need a good class to continue their success in college basketball.

 

Going into the 2015 class, Duke will have at least four available scholarships. My prediction is Duke ends up with five available scholarships in this class, with one of Tyus Jones, Justise Winslow or Rasheed Sulaimon joining Okafor, Parker and Hood in the NBA. With at least four available scholarships, Duke will need a lot of talent and depth to fill out the roster. Duke has made six scholarship offers in the 2015 class so far, but just four remain, Luke Kennard, Malik Newman, Chase Jeter, and their newest Diamond Stone. Each bring Duke a different skill set, but also a different likelihood that they chose Duke.

 

Along with Evan Williams of AllMetroHoops, Jack LeGwin of ZagsBlog, and Clint Mayo, I will look at 5 big questions towards this class.

 

 

Duke's biggest position of need:

 

Thomas Eames

While big man is always a concern (you will hear more about this later), Duke really needs a point guard from this class. Even if Tyus Jones returns, he will be the only point guard on Duke's roster. Duke needs to find insurance, in case Jones leaves, and a backup for Jones if he stays. 2015 is a weaker class for point guards, so Duke will really have to search for their man. I expect Duke to find another 4 year point guard who will give them good plays and depth.

 

Evan Williams

For Duke, a position of need will be point guard. While it's usually very difficult to look ahead into the future, I would assume that Tyus Jones will be a one-and-done player. With Quinn Cook graduating and Jones possibly leaving next season, Coach K will definitely need to restock the point guard position.

 

Jack LeGwin

I would personally say point guard, with Quinn graduating and with the possibility of Tyus Jones leaving for the NBA; I think that Duke needs to look to find a player that can run the point. A big man is also a necessity, with Jahlil Okafor most likely being a 1 and done.

 

Clint Mayo

I think the biggest need for the class of 2015 is definitely a center. Jahlil is a definite one and done so we'll need to fill his spot.

 

 

Favorite player with a Duke offer:

 

Thomas Eames

This was a tough decision but in the end, I chose Chase Jeter. He is an extremely versatile big man who can provide Duke with a player who can stretch the floor and score in the paint. Newman, Stone, and Kennard are extremely talented players, but Duke does not have a player with the skill set that Jeter has. Paired with another good big, Jeter could provide great production at the four.

 

Evan Williams

This is a tough decision. I'm going to go with Luke Kennard. This kid is a scorer and can do a variety of things on the court. On the high school level, he's been known to be capable to put up 50+ on any given night. Not only that, Kennard has size, which is an underrated trait. At 6'5", he has the potential to be a good defender.

 

Jack LeGwin

I love Luke Kennard's game. He's a long lefty that can spread the floor, knock down shoots, and never seems to play out of control.

 

Clint Mayo

My favorite player that currently has a Duke offer has to be Luke Kennard. Great size for the shooting guard position. GREAT shooter.

 

 

Recruit that Duke needs to offer:

 

Thomas Eames

Another big man. There are five big men in ESPN's top eight for 2015. Duke has offered one, Diamond Stone, but they need to spread their net farther to ensure success. Chase Jeter's teammate, Stephen Zimmerman, is an extremely talented big who could fit well at Duke. It is early in his recruitment and Duke would be well served offering him a scholarship.

 

Evan Williams

Not sure if he's my "favorite" player, but Duke needs to offer Bishop Gorman C Stephen Zimmerman. He's currently ranked fourth in the Class of 2015 by us. Above all, Zimmerman is versatile. It's unbelievable what he can do on the court, especially with his size. He's good at seemingly everything. He is definitely someone who Duke needs to offer.

 

Jack LeGwin

I think they need to offer Jalen Brunson. Brunson is a player that would immediately help a Blue Devil team with his ability to lead. Skal Labissiere and PJ Dozier are two other players that would help a Duke team.

 

Clint Mayo

There's several players I think Duke should offer but a big one is Brandon Ingram. North Carolina kid. Would be great to keep him in state and away from UNC.

 

 

Three favorite recruits in the 2015 class:

 

Thomas Eames

My three favorites are Ben Simmons, Malik Newman and Ivan Rabb. Simmons is an extremely impressive forward with the ability to play either spot and score in many different ways. Newman is a pure scoring guard with the ability to put up points in a hurry. Rabb is a great defender with athleticism and the ability to block shots at the rim. Along with Stephen Zimmerman, Tyler Dorsey, Diamond Stone, and others, those three players make up a very talented 2015 recruiting class.

 

Evan Williams

Malik Newman, Stephen Zimmerman, and Ivan Rabb. Newman is an elite point guard that will bring his team to the next level. Zimmerman, as I said earlier, is extremely versatile. He's a man amongst boys when he's on the court. Finally, I really like Ivan Rabb because of his athleticism.

 

Jack LeGwin

Malik Newman is definitely a favorite of mine, because he can score with complete ease. Perry Dozier Jr. is a favorite because of how fundamentally sound he is at all times. Ben Simmons is my last favorite player in that class, a strong lefty that can step out and have range, but can bang inside with the best of them.

 

Clint Mayo

My favorite player in the class was definitely Ben Simmons before he committed to LSU. I also really like Ivan Rabb and Luke Kennard.

 

 

Predictions for Duke's class:

 

Thomas Eames

2015 may not be as star-studded of a class as 2014, but it is a class where Duke could add a lot of depth. I expect them to bring in five players, one at every position. For names, I believe Kennard and Jeter will chose Duke. I believe Duke will be able to pair them with a long term point guard, a shooting wing player, and a big. Time will tell who those players will be.

 

Evan Williams

I'll be honest and say that I'm a little skeptical of where Duke will finish in 2015. They have the unanimous top class for 2014, but I don't expect them to reclaim that position in 2015. At the end of the day, Duke will be fine. Just not as good as the 2014 class.

 

Jack LeGwin

I think you will see Perry Dozier Jr., Jalen Brunson, and Jalen Coleman receive Duke offers this year. I think that you will see Luke Kennard be a player that will get down to Duke and Kentucky, and will have to choose.

 

Clint Mayo

My prediction for the 2015 class is 3 commits. I think Duke gets Kennard, Jeter and one other player. Would be great to add another big.