In his 4th installment, Rowan Shiell outlines what Duke will look like next season and what they may look like beyond that …
Mike Krzyzewski is recruiting a lot of players in the Class of 2016 that look like “one-and-done” recruits. #1 Jayson Tatum, #2 Harry Giles, #4 Dennis Smith, and #14 Tyus Battle are all based on ESPN’s 2016 rankings. All Duke targets that could finish in the Top 10 which is probably “one-and-done” range.
Those guys all have a foot through the door. 3 of them are Wing Players. They will all start when they show up. Go figure.
I have read reports that Grayson Allen will play anything from the #1 to #3 Position next season.
Some say Luke Kenard is sliding at the moment, but I think he should be a wonderful player, but only if given the opportunity to shine.
Many say Chase Jeter isn’t a “one-and-done,” more like one and work. Obi needs to lose weight, as he is chunky in the wrong places.
Aside from Brandon Ingram, Duke will struggle to score at times next season. Derryck Thornton isn’t a “one-and-done” recruit, but I think he can change that. Actually he will, but there might be an issue of his age. He is currently 17 years and 11 months (I don’t know how up to date “247 web page” is), which means he turns 19 next May.
So to recap, Duke will have:
- A potential “one-and-done” in Brandon Ingram
- 2 Seniors in Amile Jefferson and Marshall Plumlee
- A Junior in Matt Jones
- Derryck Thornton might be potential “one-and-done”
- Chase Jeter will be a wannabe “one-and-done.”
- Sean Obi a Sophomore, having been forced to sit out a year because of his transfer to Duke.
- Luke Kenard is a gamer
- Grayson Allen, a star in the making.
These are your 2015-16 Duke Blue Devils.
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