Players attending Duke vs UNC game on March 8th
Myles Turner 2014 Official Visit
Chase Jeter 2015 Official Visit
Luke Kennard 2015 Official Visit
Jahlil Okafor 2014 Commit
Justise Winslow 2014 Commit
Brandon Ingram 2015
Harry Giles 2016
Dennis Smith Jr. 2016
Josh Langford 2016
Before you start reading, make sure you check out the interview I did with ESPN's top rated 2015 recruit Ivan Rabb this week.
Luke Kennard has decided to take an Official Visit to Duke on March 8th for Duke's rematch against UNC. I wrote about his choice to take an Official Visit to Duke earlier in the week. Kennard is the third recruit to announce an Official Visit for the game, joining Myles Turner and Chase Jeter. It will be a game that the Duke basketball team needs to win and it will be an incredible Cameron environment. This should help Duke's coaches recruit, as the recruits should see a motivated Duke team and fan base. It is the first Official Visit for both Luke Kennard and Chase Jeter and it will be important for Duke to give them a good first visit. Both 2015 recruits hope to decide early, so Duke could start their 2015 class well with commitments from these two players. Both recruits have other top schools on their lists, so a commitment is not guaranteed by any means. A potential combination of Kennard and Jeter may not be as talented as the package deal of Jones and Okafor in 2014, but it would be a great start to Duke's 2015 class. With just four offers currently in the 2015 class, Duke has confidence in these two recruits and it will be an important visit for both players.
As for Myles Turner, Duke hopes to put the icing on the cake for their top rated 2014 class with a commitment from ESPN's second rated player in the 2014 class. It is extremely difficult to get a read on Turner so I am very interested to see where he ultimately chooses to play. It may ultimately come down to NBA choices from players like Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid. If Parker stays, it likely knocks Duke off his list, as well as Embiid with Kansas. His decision may not come for a couple months but it should be a lot easier to get a read on Duke's chances after this visit. Turner is a great compliment for the rest of Duke's 2014 class and could be an important part of Duke's 2014-15 team.
Along with the three Official Visits, seven other recruits are expected to be at the game. 2014 commits Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow will be in attendance and could be very beneficial in attempting to get Myles Turner to join the 2014 Duke class. With Okafor and Turner playing similar positions, it will be crucial for Okafor to convince Turner that they could play together. Four unsigned recruits are also expected to be in attendance, 2015 recruit Brandon Ingram and 2016 recruits Harry Giles, Josh Langford and Dennis Smith Jr. Ingram, Giles and Smith have been to multiple Duke games this season, including Giles attending Duke's loss to Wake Forest on Wednesday. The coaches’ attention likely will not be on the unofficial visits but they will get to soak in a great Duke atmosphere. With Ingram's continued interest in Duke, I really expect Duke to extend an offer to Ingram soon.
Duke assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski was in attendance for Chase Jeter and Bishop Gorman's State Championship game on Saturday. Chase put up an incredible 21 points and 20 rebounds to help his team win 71 to 58. Along with fellow 2015 recruit Stephen Zimmerman, who Duke is not recruiting, Jeter has helped the Gaels to three straight state championships. I am extremely high on Chase Jeter and his game. I believe he is an underrated recruit, despite being ranked 35th by ESPN, and his ranking will rise with a great spring and summer. Chase has all the qualities of a "Duke player," as he is extremely well spoken and is a genuine person. I believe he would be a great fit at Duke and hope the visit this weekend goes well for him.
This week’s question comes from @Superman110472, who asked "who will be the next recruit to commit?" I thought this was a great question, as it takes many different factors into account. With this question, I saw three players as likely candidates for Duke's next commitment, Myles Turner, Luke Kennard and Chase Jeter. All three will be taking Official Visits this weekend and hold serious interest from Duke. The first of the three to decide will likely be Myles Turner, but he is also the least likely to choose Duke in my mind. I am not sure which of the two 2015 recruits, Kennard or Jeter, will decide first, but I am confident Duke will get a commitment from at least one of the two. While it is tough to truly answer the question, as decision dates are not certain, my answer is Chase Jeter. Duke has shown a lot of interest in Chase, as one of their two big man offers in the 2015 class. He has also shown great interest in Duke and would be a great fit with the Duke Basketball program. With these three big name recruits deciding in the near future, it is likely Duke will receive good news on the recruiting trail in the coming months. Which players will provide the good news is much tougher to say.
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