Duke Basketball Recruiting: Will Another 5-Star Player Join 2014 Class?

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2013

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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No college basketball program in the country has the type of momentum on the recruiting trail that Mike Krzyzewski and Duke do right now.

Per 247Sports, the Blue Devils currently have the No. 1 class in the nation for 2014 after landing the coveted Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones package. Not since Greg Oden and Mike Conley Jr. decided to play together at the collegiate level has a center and point guard tandem been so highly sought after.

But are the Blue Devils done adding game-changing freshmen to their plans for the 2014-15 season?

There isn’t a coach in the nation who wouldn’t be satisfied with a class that includes the No. 1 recruit in the country (Okafor), the No. 5 recruit in the country (Jones) and a 4-star wing mixed in for good measure (Grayson Allen). However, Coach K could very well have another 5-star prospect join his 2014 class before all the ink dries on national signing day.

The only remaining 5-star players on the board are Jaquan Lyle, Rashad Vaughn, Justise Winslow and Myles Turner. We can safely rule Duke out of the race for Lyle and Vaughn (who could very well end up committing to archrival North Carolina) at this point in the recruiting cycle.

As for Turner, the Blue Devils have to be considered incredible long shots at this point, even though there was interest there early in the recruiting process. Okafor’s presence in the 2014 class all but ensures Turner won’t be taking his talents to Durham. Turner is currently looking at a number of schools, including Ohio State, Kansas and Oklahoma State.

However, Winslow may end up being the next 5-star prospect to join Coach K’s formidable 2014 group.

Winslow is rated as the country’s No. 11 player thanks to his versatility and explosiveness. The 6’6” small forward would slide in perfectly alongside Okafor down low and Jones running the point and is more than comfortable getting out in transition, finishing from the outside or attacking the rim.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 31:  The mascot for the Duke Blue Devils performs against the Louisville Cardinals during the Midwest Regional Final round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 31, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indian
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Winslow already took an official visit to Duke with Okafor and Jones and even caught an exhibition game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. While the Okafor and Jones package deal was well-publicized throughout the recruiting process, there have been rumors that Winslow would end up at the same school as well.

Even Okafor’s father got in on the recruiting action a bit, recently using Twitter in an attempt to persuade Blue Devils fans to convince Winslow to follow in Okafor and Jones’ footsteps.

Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com feels that Duke is the favorite alongside Florida to land Winslow’s services.

It will likely come down to Duke, Florida, UCLA, Stanford or Arizona for Winslow, considering those are the five schools he officially visited during the recruiting process. 

Winslow may end up at another school, but if he wants to win a national title in his freshman season, he should probably give Duke some serious consideration.


*Recruit information and rankings courtesy of 247Sports Composite Rankings unless otherwise mentioned.

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