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Duke Basketball: Strengths and Weaknesses of 2013 Recruiting Class

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIFebruary 17, 2013

Duke Basketball: Strengths and Weaknesses of 2013 Recruiting Class

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    Mike Krzyzewski is bringing three more talented recruits to join his Duke Blue Devils, and with no other recruits still considering Duke (per ESPN), it's time to take a look at who will join Coach K.

    We've seen recruits like Austin Rivers and Rasheed Sulaimon play huge roles for Duke in the last two years, and we could see more of the same from these three guys.

    Here's a quick look at who Duke is bringing in:

    Recruit Position Height Weight ESPN Ranking
    Jabari Parker SF 6'8" 220 2
    Matt Jones SG 6'4" 180 32
    Semi Ojeleye SF 6'6" 220 36

    Now let's assess the strengths and weaknesses of this class.

Strength: Immediate Impact

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    In the last few years we've seen Austin Rivers and Rasheed Sulaimon come to Duke and immediately help the team.

    Both of these guys came to Durham and immediately became starters, and we could see one or two of this year's recruits do the same thing.

    The Blue Devils aren't exactly forming a one-and-done factory, but we are finally seeing the team's freshmen play big roles as soon as they get to campus.

Weakness: Lack of Depth

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    This season Duke's lack of depth has really hurt the team. Losing Ryan Kelly led to two losses in three games, and three losses after starting the year 15-0.

    This year's recruiting class doesn't change that, however, as only three recruits will be coming to Durham.

    Duke will lose four seniors this year, including the team's top three scorers, and this recruiting class fails to add any sort of depth to the roster.

Stength: Perimeter Stars

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    Duke's MO has become much more reliant on perimeter players in recent years, and this recruiting class stays true to that.

    All three recruits in the 2013 class are talented shooters who do their best work on the outside by either shooting or driving.

    With senior Seth Curry leaving an open spot on the perimeter next season, you can expect one of the recruits to fill it.

Weakness: Lack of Height

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    As you may have noticed from the table on the first slide, Duke doesn't have a single recruit who is taller than 6'8".

    Jabari Parker is the tallest recruit in the class by a couple of inches, and he is still too short to play inside.

    As of now, it looks like next year's roster will be even smaller than this year's after 6'11" giants Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly both graduate.

    That leaves Marshall Plumlee as the only returning player over 6'8". The redshirt freshman finally stepped on the court this year, but his 2.8 minutes per game after multiple injuries doesn't bode well for him next year.

Strength: No. 2 Recruit in the Country

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    Bringing in the No. 2-ranked recruit in the country is always a positive, and Jabari Parker is no exception.

    Parker is an incredibly talented player who can play any position on the court except for center. Last year he was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year, and he has been called the best high school player since LeBron James by Sports Illustrated.

    Parker is the crowning jewel of the class, and he is going to be a star next season.

Weakness: Doesn't Address Biggest Need

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    Duke's biggest problem this year is rebounding, as the team ranks 173rd in the country in rebounds per game.

    Duke will lose its top two rebounders in Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly at the end of the year, and the best returning rebounder will be point guard Quinn Cook.

    Duke's recruiting class simply does not help out inside, and will not improve the team's rebounding. This is going to be a huge hole for the Blue Devils next season, and Coach K needed to address it in the 2013 class.

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