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College Basketball Recruiting: Okafor and Jones Chose Duke

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 08:  Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils yells to his team during their game against the Davidson Wildcats at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 8, 2013 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Hayden DeitrickFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2013

College basketball’s signing period is now open and in full swing.  Many of the most talented future college basketball players are making their commitments today.

Duke has already struck gold, as it has received the commitment of two of the top five recruits from the Class of 2014.

According to ESPN (subscription required), Jahill Okafor and Tyus Jones have decided to join forces in Durham.  The Blue Devils beat out the likes of Kansas, Kentucky and Baylor for the signature of these elite talents.

New Duke commit Tyus Jones
New Duke commit Tyus JonesGeoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Okafor, a 6’10” center from Chicago who is ESPN’s top ranked recruit had previously decided to sign with Jones as a packaged deal for a program.  According to one ESPN scout (subscription required), Okafor has “the two most essential traits to becoming a distinguished big man: great hands and efficient feet.”

Jones is the top ranked point guard in the Class of 2014 according to ESPN.  Scouts concur that Jones has the innate ability to make his teammates better, and with elite dribbling and passing skills, he is the perfect floor general of the future for the Blue Devils

Okafor and Jones will join the previously committed shooting guard, Grayson Allen.  Allen is the sixth ranked shooting guard in the Class of 2014 and has been shooting up the rankings over the past few months.

Grayson Allen has been shooting up the rankings.
Grayson Allen has been shooting up the rankings.Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

With the signings of Okafor, Jones and Allen, as well as fantastic talents such as Matt Jones and Semi Ojeleye likely to return, Duke has put itself amongst the elite competitors for the next several seasons.

A year removed from bringing in the already successful Jabari Parker, Mike Krzyzewski has done it again in securing two top recruits in this year's class. 

With two top tier recruits coming to campus, Duke is in serious contention for the top recruiting class this season.

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