As we have just found out, Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones are both heading to Durham, North Carolina. The decisions made by the package deal were made official on ESPNU at 4 o’clock Friday afternoon. The #1 and #4 recruits respectively will join recent official commit Grayson Allen as Duke’s recruiting class so far. Both decisions were made at their respective high schools, both being huge to the future of the Blue Devils.
This is a huge get for the Blue Devils, as otherwise it would’ve been just Allen as Duke’s lone incoming freshman. This fills the void with the possible and as many people believe, expected losses of both Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood. This also improves Duke at their weakest position, the center slot. This will allow Amile Jefferson to slip over to his more natural position, at the 4. Now, it's not just this years Duke team that looks very athletic and talented, but next years too.
Jahlil Okafor a 6-10, 265 lb is the best big man of all in the 2014 recruiting class. The Chicago, Illinois product has transformed his body to and is moving much, much better than he had been in the past. He has shown the ability to soar over the rim for thunderous jams, block shots, and most importantly, he has an improved post game where he can knock down a jump-hook with his right hand that would only improve like Mason’s did during his Duke tenure. He is a very good athlete who can run the court well for a man of his size and stature and he is a big presence down low on offense and defense. The getting of Jahlil Okafor is huge for the Blue Devils.
Tyus Jones is widely regarded and has been for a while now as the best point guard in the entire 2014 recruiting class. He is a tremendous athlete who facilitates the point guard position with an incredible amount of poise. He is always under control and most importantly, he is a pass-first point guard. Even though he has this label, that doesn’t mean he won’t drive to the rack for a layup or a floater. His knowledge of the game is unlike many high school players and he knows when it is his time to shoot. He isn’t a “shot-happy” point guard, but he picks his spots really well. This also provides Duke with a capable back up to Quinn Cook with the loss of Tyler Thornton at the point guard slot. He could, although I wouldn’t expect it, start alongside Cook at the two spot, but he is more of a natural point guard. These are good problems to have and it is absolutely tremendous that Duke was able to walk away from their decisions with two of the best recruits in the country. Welcome to Durham, Jahlil and Tyus.