Duke Basketball: Analyzing Each 2013 Recruit's High School Senior Season
As any coach will tell you, recruiting is the foundation of a basketball program. Building depth through strong recruiting classes is critical to a team's success.
For Mike Krzyzewski, he has built Duke into a national powerhouse by bringing in strong recruiting classes on a regular basis. While Krzyzewski typically avoids the approach of only going after one-and-done type players, he will recruit anyone he thinks will be a good fit in the Duke program.
Going into the 2013-14 season, the Blue Devils will welcome three recruits who could make a huge impact over the next few years.
This slideshow looks at these three recruits and what they did during the senior seasons in high school.
Semi Ojeleye, Ottawa Senior High School, Kansas
Semi Ojeleye finished his high school career as one of the most decorated players in the history of Kansas high school basketball.
According to Bob Lutz of The Wichita Eagle, the 6'8" forward set the Kansas high school record for points scored in a season (952) and career points (2,763). With this type of production, it's easy to understand why Ojeleye is considered a 5-star recruit by Scout.com.
Ojeleye averaged 38.1 points per game while leading his team to an undefeated record and a Kansas Class 4A State Championship.
His long frame and slashing ability makes him a candidate to earn immediate playing time as a defensive specialist. However, it appears Ojeleye has the tools to eventually develop into a great all-around player.
Matt Jones, DeSoto High School, Texas
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Matt Jones is a 5-star shooting guard prospect from DeSoto, Texas, and arguably the best shooter in the 2013 class.
His incredible shooting ability has analysts comparing him to Duke's most prolific shooter of all time, J.J. Redick. Others have also compared Jones' style of play to Ray Allen, another gifted outside shooter.
Although he didn't put up huge numbers during his senior season, Jones contributed in multiple ways, averaging 15.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game. His play was a big reason why DeSoto High School finished the season with a 33-3 record (Dallas Morning News).
With the departure of Seth Curry, Jones will have a chance to earn playing time if he can provide the team with an offensive spark. The competition for playing time between Jones and redshirt senior Andre Dawkins will be an interesting story for Duke fans to watch early in the season.
Jabari Parker, Simeon High School, Illinois
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Jabari Parker is one of the most heralded recruits to ever commit to Duke and Mike Krzyzewski.
The 6'8", 225-pound forward was recently named the 2012-13 MaxPreps National Player of the Year and led Simeon High School to the Illinois 4A State Championship, which was the fourth of Parker's career.
Parker averaged 18.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game and has the skills to score the ball from anywhere on the court.
His size and ability remind many of Carmelo Anthony, and the Cameron Crazies are hopeful that Parker can lead Duke to a national championship in his freshman season the same way Anthony did for Syracuse.
Expect Parker to contribute from day one at Duke and to have a major impact next season.