Duke Basketball: Projected Stats for Each Incoming 2013 Recruit

Chad LykinsFeatured ColumnistApril 18, 2013

Duke Basketball: Projected Stats for Each Incoming 2013 Recruit

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    Recruiting from the class of 2013 for the Duke Blue Devils ended late last December, after it secured a commitment from it's third and most prized prospect. 

    A program-changer, Jabari Parker headlines a consensus top-five recruiting class for the Blue Devils, which also includes the sharpshooting Matt Jones and physical small forward Semi Ojeleye.

    Three outstanding players that should enjoy plenty of success in their own right during their time in Durham.

    With the spring-signing period upon us, Duke has only received the signatures of Jones and Ojeleye, though Parker is expected to make his decision official in the coming days.

    This slideshow gives a brief look into each recruit and what is likely to be expected from them in their freshmen seasons. 

Jabari Parker

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    Moments after Jabari Parker ended his college recruitment by selecting Duke, lofty expectations began to develop for the Chicago native. 

    And rightfully so.

    Parker's resume consists of multiple Player of the Year awards and four consecutive Illinois state basketball championships. However, he will be the first person to tell you that he has accomplished nothing at the college level. 

    It's a mentality and drive that only the elite possess.

    Parker is arguably the most complete player in the class of 2013, as he plays the game with unparalleled control and fluidity. He shows terrific instincts at both ends of the floor and has the ability to score the basketball from multiple areas.   

    While he has yet to sign his letter of intent, his commitment to Duke has never been in question.

    The 6'9" small forward will embrace the role as the go-to guy for the Blue Devils upon his arrival to Durham. Along with that comes a sense of pressure and obligation that no other player in the country will face.

    Jabari Parker expects the pressure.

    And it's exactly what will bring out the very best in him for the Duke Blue Devils. 

    2013-14 Season Prediction: 17.7 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 3.2 APG, 1.7 SPG, 1.7 BPG 

Matt Jones

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    Matt Jones became the first recruit of Duke's three-man recruiting class to pledge his commitment to Mike Krzyzewski, and with that decision he joined a lengthy list of outstanding outside shooters in the history of the Duke basketball program.

    Highly regarded as the best pure shooter in the class of 2013, Jones has made great strides in evolving his overall offensive game. 

    While his main strength is connecting from the outside, he is now capable of putting the ball on the floor and scoring from inside the arc. Jones has also improved his ball-handling skills which has long been his biggest flaw.

    The 6'4" shooting guard made his commitment official as he signed with Duke during the early-signing period. Although it will be hard for Jones to receive any significant minutes during his freshman season due to a bevy of wing players, he is an extremely talented prospect that should develop into a solid four-year player for the Blue Devils.

    2013-14 Season Prediction: 2.7 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.3 SPG 

Semi Ojeleye

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    Semi Ojeleye was not selected as a McDonald's All-American. He also was not apart of the Jordan Brand Classic. 

    Nevertheless, there is absolutely no denying the amount of talent that he possesses.

    It was a memorable senior season for Ojeleye, who finished his high school career as one of the most successful players in the state of Kansas. 

    The 6'6" small forward set the state record for points in a season (952) and career (2,763) for Ottawa High School. He averaged 38.1 points per game while leading his team to an undefeated record and a Kansas Class 4A State Championship. 

    After making his commitment official by signing his letter of intent during the early-signing period, Ojeleye will become a vital asset for the Blue Devils throughout his career.

    Next season, though, competition for minutes will be extremely aggressive at the wing. 

    However, under the tutelage of Mike Krzyzewski, Ojeleye has a great opportunity to play his way into a consummate role player for Duke in 2014.

    2013-14 Season Prediction: 4.1 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.8 APG, 0.6 SPG, 0.3 BPG