Rice transfer Sean Obi decided to commit to Duke shortly after his visit to Duke last weekend. Obi is a strong player and great rebounder who will give a lot of strength to Duke inside. As a freshman, Obi averaged 11 points and 9 rebounds per game at Rice. Although Obi will likely be forced to sit next season as a transfer, he will provide a big impact at Duke over his last 3 years of eligibility. His year off should be helpful, allowing to him to adjust to Duke academically, ACC caliber talent, as well as getting to practice against Jahlil Okafor every day. He joins Luke Kennard as players eligible starting in 2015 and he will be a very big part of the recruiting class that joins Luke Kennard.
After much wait, Myles Turner finally set a date to make his final college basketball decision. It does not seem likely that he will choose Duke but there is still a chance. He would play well off of Okafor as a high low threat and would give Duke another great rebounder and rim protecter. Currently, 247 Sports predicts Kansas as the favorite, with Texas in second and SMU getting votes as well. Duke could still get Turner, but it would come as a surprise to many. My personal prediction is Texas, but that comes with no inside information. Whoever gets Myles Turner will get a great player who will have a big impact on the upcoming college basketball season.
After a long wait, Duke finally offered 2015 North Carolina small forward, Brandon Ingram. Ingram is a consensus top 20 player in the 2015 class who many have rumored that he will stay in state. Ingram received the offer during an in house visit from Coach K. Ingram attended many Duke games this year and there appears to be a lot of interest between Duke and Ingram. Before the offer, UNC was considered a heavy favorite for Ingram. Expect Duke to pick up the pace on this talented wing who would be great insurance if Winslow was a one-and-done. Even if Winslow stays, Ingram would provide great depth on the wing and will be a great player at Duke. I expect Ingram to be a big priority for Duke.
Henry Ellenson, a 2015 big man out of Wisconsin, also received an offer recently. This would be bigger news if Duke did not get a commitment from Obi. Obi takes the pressure off the Duke staff to get two bigs in the 2015 class to compliment Marshall Plumlee and Amile Jefferson. They will now only need one to have a solid four man front court. Chase Jeter appears to be the top option to join Obi, with Diamond Stone likely being the second option. Ellenson is a good safety option, but I think it is very unlikely that he ends up a Blue Devil.
Over twitter, Chase Jeter cut his list to six schools and announced he plans to commit before July. His list of six schools consists of Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Oregon, UCLA and UNLV. So far, Jeter's only Official Visit has been to Duke, but he will likely take more before his decision. Duke has recruited him hard and is considered the heavy favorite for him now. More info will come on Jeter as his decision comes closer but right now, I expect Chase Jeter to pick Duke.
Along with their offers, Duke's coaching staff has made it out to see many recruits over the past week. They met Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum separately. Both are 2016 recruits and plan on playing together in college. They also made a visit to 2015 big man Josh Sharma. Sharma is a skilled 7 footer but likely not someone Duke seriously persues. Their last visit was to see Juwan Durham, a 2016 power forward ranked 20th by ESPN. It is very early to determine Duke's interest but he is someone that Duke fans should keep their eye on.
This weeks question comes from @DukeHoops_ who asked "Who is Duke's biggest priority in 2016?" The answer to this questions is the same for most big name teams. Top five recruits Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum are expected to attend college together. They are both dynamic scorers and athletes that will change the fortunes of the team they decide to attend. Duke is one of the few teams on the list of both players and they definitely have a chance to land both players. After this duo, Thon Maker is very highly regarded and Duke is said to be very high on him. His recruiting has been kept very silent, so it is hard to know what he will do, but he is also a player that Duke will pursue.