The Blue Devils have already acquired a commitment for Grayson Allen and, as I’ve mentioned, Jones and Okafor are Duke’s primary recruiting targets. That’s a shooting guard, a point guard and a center. So who is going to be the forward that the Blue Devils lure to Cameron?
The four forwards to have received offers from Duke are Justise Winslow, Kevon Looney, Trey Lyles and Theo Pinson (via ESPN).
Per Scout.com, Kentucky and Louisville are strong contenders for Lyles, and Winslow seems to be leaning toward Arizona (per Blue Devil Nation). Duke isn’t favored to get either of those two guys unless the Blue Devils dramatically change their recruiting strategy and do some serious convincing.
Pinson is from Greensboro and the local prospect is allegedly high on the wish list for NC State. Indiana is also pressing for Pinson’s services. Moreover, Blue Devil Nation claims that Pinson is the sort of recruit who wants to be coddled by his suitors. As a result, Duke’s interest in Pinson has cooled.
Looney, on the other hand, is a player that the Blue Devils covet, and a coach of his says that his recruitment is wide open (via The Detroit News). Though (per ESPN) he’s attracted interest from a wide array of teams—including Michigan, Michigan State, Louisville and Kansas—Duke is still very much in the running for Looney.
Looney would be a real asset for Duke. He’s a power forward who enjoys playing in the post. He’s described as a relentless rebounder and a guy who can score in a variety of ways (via Scout).
That kind of contribution would be ideal for Duke. If Coach K can land him to go with Okafor, or just Looney by himself, then the Blue Devils will have a good post presence going forward.