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Duke Basketball: Latest Updates on Blue Devils' Top 2014 Recruits

David AldridgeFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2014

Duke Basketball: Latest Updates on Blue Devils' Top 2014 Recruits

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    With the way the past week has gone for the Blue Devils, many Duke basketball fans have already started looking ahead to next season.

    Considering the players in the 2014 freshman class who will be coming to Duke, it’s easy to get excited about the possibilities for next year.

    The Blue Devils will have a dynamic class that fills needs at every position on the court and hopefully addresses many of the issues this year’s team appears to be having.

    Here’s an update on the Blue Devils’ four commits for next season.

Grayson Allen

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    You might have seen Grayson Allen over the past few weeks on a few YouTube videos that have gone viral, featuring the 6’4” guard making some spectacular dunks.

    Allen’s high-flying jams were a subject of discussion at the City of Palms tournament and dunk contest in Myrtle Beach at the end of December, and he’s used that same athleticism to lead his Providence High School team to a 14-3 record.

    According to Adam Rowe of 247Sports, Allen, along with Duke’s other three commits, was recently nominated as a 2014 McDonald’s All American.

    If he continues to make spectacular plays at the rim and have his way with the opposition, Allen could quickly became a household name.

Justise Winslow

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    Justise Winslow was the latest recruit to commit to Duke for the class of 2014, but he’s certainly not any type of afterthought.

    The 6’6”, 218-pound forward from Houston, Texas, is ranked by ESPN as a 5-star recruit and the No. 14 overall prospect in the class of 2014.

    Winslow recently had the opportunity to shine on a big stage as his St. John’s team took on Euless Trinity, which features fellow 5-star recruit Myles Turner. Though Turner is a 7-footer and one of the top-ranked centers in his class, Winslow wasn’t afraid to attack him in the paint.

    Winslow finished with 34 points and 15 rebounds, leading his team to a 51-49 overtime win over Turner’s Euless Trinity squad.

Tyus Jones

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    For a 6’1” point guard, Tyus Jones recently showed he has no fear of attacking the rim and posterizing helpless defenders with incredible dunks.

    If you saw Jones’ dunk on January 4 against Blue Valley Northwest in the Timberwolves Shootout at Target Center, you know what I’m talking about.

    He appears to have his Apple Valley High School team positioned as the favorite to win its second consecutive Minnesota state championship, and Duke fans are already excited about the possibility of what Jones will do for next season’s team.

    The idea of him being a distributor and floor general with playmakers like Allen, Winslow and Jahlil Okafor around him should be fun to watch.

Jahlil Okafor

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    Okafor continues to dominate the high school ranks and is still holding on to the No. 1 ranking in the class of 2014 in the ESPN100 rankings.

    Okafor’s incredible size and skills are such a rare find for big men in today’s game, and many Duke fans wish he could come to Durham immediately and help this year’s squad which has been exposed in the frontcourt due to a lack of size.

    With many high school teams playing in holiday tournaments around the country in recent weeks, Okafor took his talents to Oregon as his Whitney Young team competed in the Les Schwab Invitational.

    In four games, Okafor showed why he’s a future NBA lottery pick, averaging 31 points and 12.5 rebounds while showing an impressive array of offensive moves.

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