Duke Beats UNC, Gets a Wing and Robo Cop: All in All a Good Week For Blue Devils

Mike KlineAnalyst IFebruary 11, 2011

Mike Krzyzewski has been working his magic on the recruiting trail yet again.
Mike Krzyzewski has been working his magic on the recruiting trail yet again.Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

It has been a good week for the Duke Basketball program.

On Monday the Blue Devils got a verbal commitment from 6'8" forward Alex Murphy. Murphy, who has the same name as the character from the movie RoboCop, is sure to stir up the Cameron Crazies' creative juices upon his arrival.

On Wednesday night the Blue Devils defeated their arch rival North Carolina in one of the great come-from-behind victories in the rivalry.

And the day after the biggest victory of the year, they got another verbal commitment from 6'4" wing guard Rasheed Sulaimon.

All in all, not a bad week for the Blue Devils and Mike Krzyzewski.

It seemed just a year ago, blogs and other sport sites as well as newspapers and television media were all questioning how relevant Duke was as a program.

They were loosing recruiting battles and hadn't made the Final Four in a few years, so in the minds of some they were trending down.

What a difference a year makes.

In Murphy, the Blue Devils get another in a long line of versatile forwards that have some height, can shoot, put the ball on the floor and otherwise present matchup problems for opposing teams.

He has put on some weight and will need to add more, but many are already trying to compare him to Mike Dunleavy or Kyle Singler.

Time will tell, but scouts are high on Murphy, a 5-star recruit who is considered the No. 15 prospect in the class of 2012, according to ESPN.

As for Duke's latest verbal, Sulaimon, he is a 5-star recruit ranked 19th in his class and will add more depth to the already deep backcourt.

ESPN scouts describe him as a versatile shooting guard who has the ability to create his shot and get to the rim. He will have to improve his ability to keep up with Krzyzewski's demands on the defensive end, though, as he adjusts to the speed of the college game.

Both are slated for the class of 2012, though Murphy, who already has enough credits to graduate from high school, could always opt to enroll at Duke early.

Current Blue Devil and future teammate Andre Dawkins did just that last season, so there is a precedent in place.

He told Fox Sports' Jeff Goodman that he and his family would consider that an option after his high school season ends.

If he were to come early, he would join an already stacked class that features wing Michael Gbinige, point guard Quinn Cook and the No. 1 prospect in guard Austin Rivers.

The Duke program has only said they would be prepared to take Murphy if he decides to come, meaning a scholarship would be available.