Duke already struck gold, landing two top five recruits in Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor. They also were able to land another top player, Grayson Allen, very early in the recruiting process. Their class is ranked number one by some sites, but not all. Landing Justise Winslow would put their class over the edge and give them the best 2014 class. It is unsure how likely it is that Winslow will join Duke, but he would add another huge piece to Duke’s recruiting class.
Justise Winslow has not made it unknown he would like to play with Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones. He has talked about joining their package deal and took his official visit to Duke with Okafor and Jones. Duke seems to be a great fit for him, especially after the commitments from the dynamic duo. He has also talked about wanting to play with recent Arizona commit Stanley Johnson. They are both small forwards but are dynamic enough players to play together. Arizona is one of the other teams on Winslow’s list that have been considered at the top. Okafor and Jones help Duke’s chances for Winslow, including Okafor’s father who has campaigned for Winslow to join his son, but do not guarantee anything.
If Winslow had a starting spot guaranteed on this team, I believe it would be a shoo-in that he comes to Duke. That does not appear to be the case. Parker and Hood appear to be NBA lottery picks, but this is not an ordinary draft. Either Parker or Hood could very well return to Duke for a second season with Duke. Parker would get to play with his friend Okafor and Hood would get to play a second year under Coach K and likely improve his draft stock. It is extremely difficult to see where they lean, but it makes it difficult to predict Winslow. Should he chose Duke, he runs the risk of Hood or Parker staying and being forced into a smaller bench role. Winslow has the looks of a bench player, but will he run the risk of being forced into a small role.
I am very interested to see Winslow’s decision. He has been very quiet in his decision but has held Duke in high regards for a long time. We will finally get to see whether Duke is the school for one of the top forwards in the 2014 class. Winslow is not necessary for Duke, but he could be a huge piece for Duke’s future.