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Duke Basketball: 5-Star Recruits Who Will Be at Oct 19 Countdown to Craziness

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2017

Duke Basketball: 5-Star Recruits Who Will Be at Oct 19 Countdown to Craziness

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    Midnight Madness events signal the start to the new college basketball season.

    For Duke, "Countdown to Craziness" is the first public opportunity for Blue Devil fans everywhere to get a small preview of what this year's team looks like in a fun and frenzied atmosphere.

    Because of a special series of workouts that Coach K and his staff set up at nearby Fort Bragg army base, this year's Countdown event is moved back to this coming weekend.

    Along with the usual Blue-White scrimmage and slam dunk contest, this is also a time to bring some of the high-level recruits together and let them experience the unique environment that is Cameron Indoor Stadium.

    This year, according to Dave Telep, ESPN's senior national college basketball recruiting analyst, five very important recruiting prospects will be on hand for the "Craziness."

    Krzyzewski would love nothing more than for the following recruits to bond and decide that Duke is where they want to take their talents in a few years.

    Let's take a lightning-fast look these five young stars!

Justise Winslow (Houston, TX) SF

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    Justise Winslow (No. 10 in ESPN's Class of 2014; No. 3 SF) is a multi-skilled wing that uses his high hoops IQ to make everyone around him better.

    The 6'5", 200-pound SF is a super slasher that has no trouble getting into the paint and to the rim.

    Winslow comes by his elite-level talent naturally. His dad, Ricky Winslow, was a member of the University of Houston's Phi Slamma Jamma dunk frat in the mid-1980s and played professionally in the NBA and overseas for 13 years.

    If Winslow ends up at Duke, he will bring a physicality that the current Blue Devil wing players lack.

Theo Pinson (Greensboro, NC) SF

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    Theo Pinson (No. 8 in Class of 2014; No. 2 SF) is a super smooth SF with a rock-solid mid-range game. 

    Pinson is springy and has little trouble getting to the rim and throwing down some nasty dunks.

    Earlier in his high school career, he was the top rated player in his class.

    Jason Wolf of the Greensboro News-Record says that the 6'6", 190-pound 3 is on record as saying that "he grew up a Duke fan—insinuating that he’s already grown up."

Jahlil Okafor (Chicago, IL) C

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    Jahlil Okafor (No. 3 in Class of 2014; No. 1 Center) is the kind of player that can turn a program around.

    At 6'9" and 270 pounds, Okafor has the size and skills to dominate games from the very onset of his college career.

    He not only works well with his back to the basket, but he can also knock down jumpers out to 15 feet.

    While the Blue Devils have had some decent players of size over the last several years, Okafor would give Duke the dominating inside presence it has lacked since Shelden Williams.

Tyus Jones (Apple Valley, MN) PG

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    Tyus Jones (No. 2 in 2014; No. 1 PG) is a classic pass-first PG.

    While he has no trouble scoring, Jones (6'1", 175 lbs) is at his best when he is running the show and distributing.

    Jerry Meyer of Rivals.com says, "What stands out to me is his feel for the game. He does a great job delivering the ball to people. Timing, accuracy, he hits guys in the hands. He makes guys better shooters."

    When he is on the floor, Jones is in command of his squad. Think of a very young and very slim Jason Kidd.

Karl Towns Jr. (Metuchen, NJ) C

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    Remember the name Karl Towns Jr. (No. 1 in the Class of 2015; No. 1 Center). In a few years, he will be the next great collegiate big man.

    Coach K and his staff want to get in early with Towns. He already has the size (6'11", 235 lbs) to rule the paint. That will only become more of a reality as his body fully matures.

    Besides the obvious work he can do down low, Towns has a nice stroke from beyond the arc. Pretty amazing for a player of this size to be able to knock down shots from downtown.

    Maybe former Duke great Jay Williams can exert some influence here. Towns Jr. attends the same high school that the 2002 Naismith College Player of the Year did.

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