Second ranked 2014 recruit Myles Turner has set a date for an Official Visit to Duke. He will be attending Duke's March 8th home game against UNC. Turner joins 2015 recruit Chase Jeter with Official Visits for the game. Many other recruits will be at the game as well, including Jahlil Okafor (commit), Matt Ryan, Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum and Dennis Smith Jr. Many people believed Myles Turner was a long shot after Jahlil Okafor chose Duke, including myself. Turner has said that he would embrace playing with Jahlil and for Coach K and he confirmed his interest with this visit. It may still be unlikely that Turner choses Duke but he could be a huge part of Duke's 2014 class. A commitment from Turner could result in Duke having one of the best recruiting classes in college basketball history. As of right now, I have very little confidence predicting where Turner will ultimately play. Whether he chooses Duke or any other school on his list, he will have a huge impact on the 2014-15 college basketball season.
2014 Duke Commit Justise Winslow was joined by 2015 recruits Matt Ryan and Brandon Ingram, as well as 2016 recruit Harry Giles at Duke's 66 to 60 win over Syracuse on Saturday. All four players were at Duke's loss to UNC on Thursday, but Duke made up for it Saturday with a great win over top ranked Syracuse. Justise Winslow has shown a lot of support for Duke since his commitment, attending multiple games and live tweeting others. Ryan, Ingram and Giles have been recruited by UNC, as well as Duke. Giles is the only one of the three recruits who holds a Duke offer, but one could be coming in the near future for the two talented 2015 small forwards. Matt Ryan wrote about his experience at the two games for ZagsBlog here.
After Ingram attended two straight Duke games, Duke returned the favor. Assistant coach Jeff Capel was in attendance for Brandon Ingram's 79-56 win on Wednesday night. Ingram put up an impressive 12 points, 11 rebounds, 6 blocks, 3 assists, and 2 steals in the game. Ingram is a very talented player in the 2015 class, with many top level offers, including UNC and Louisville. Duke has not offered Ingram yet, but do not be surprised if it comes in the near future.
Duke has begun reaching out to 2016 recruit Tyus Battle. Duke assistant coach Nate James was on hand Monday to see Battle put up 24 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in his team’s 81-46 win. Adam Zagoria from ZagsBlog was able to talk to Battle's coach and father, "The Duke staff loved him,” Gill coach Mergin Sina told SNY.tv. “Mergin told me that he got tremendous feedback from [Steve 'Wojo' Wojciechowski] and that James loved him,” Gary Battle, Tyus’ father, added. You can see the full article from ZagsBlog here. There is still significant time left in Battle's recruitment but it’s safe to say Duke will be involved in his recruitment.
2015 recruit Charles Matthews has made the decision to attend Kentucky on Wednesday. Duke was on his list when it was cut to ten but was not a part of his final list of five. Duke never offered Matthews but had shown interest in him. Matthews is now the third 2015 recruit Duke has shown interest in that has decided to go elsewhere, joining Tyler Dorsey (Arizona) and Ben Simmons (LSU). Matthews commitment could open the door for Luke Kennard to join Duke. Kentucky was on Kennard's list of 7 schools, and Matthews commitment could make Kennard less likely to attend. Kennard hopes to decide early as well, so it will be interesting to see if Matthews impacts his decision.
I will finish with a question I received from @DukeHoops_, who asked "How do you see our 2015 class shaping up?" Duke has a talented list of players that they are recruiting in 2015. I expect another good Duke class, but one that is less star studded than 2014. I predict that Duke will ultimately bring in 4 players in the class, adding a lot of depth to their current roster. I see Duke bringing in two back court players, a guard, Luke Kennard looking most likely right now, and a wing, Ingram, Ryan, Ray Smith or DJ Hogg. I also expect two front court players. Chase Jeter looks the most likely now, paired with a center, potentially Diamond Stone. Big men are harder to predict but there will be many more that appear on Duke's radar. It may not be a star studded class, but it will be a great bridge between 2014's class and 2016's potentially amazing class, with Giles, Tatum and Thon Maker all being potential Duke players.
If you have missed any of my recruiting interviews, make sure you check them out. I hope you enjoyed and there will be another recruiting update coming next week.