Duke's 2014 recruiting class may not be finished
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Duke's 2014 recruiting class is already ranked first in the country, with four McDonald's All Americans. This group includes two top five recruits, Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones, and two other five star recruits, Justise Winslow and Grayson Allen. This class is not necessarily complete though, as Coach K may bring in another big man to compliment Jahlil Okafor. This desire was likely increased by Jabari Parker's decision to enter the 2014 NBA Draft. Three names stand out as potential options for the last spot in the class: Myles Turner, Sean Obi and Tre Mourning, Each would bring a different skill set but would be a valuable players for Duke.
Turner is definitely the most skilled player of the three and is also the most sought after. Turner is ranked second in the 2014 class and is set to make his announcement April 30th. Turner still has a long list of schools, including Duke, Kansas, Texas, SMU, Oklahoma State, Kentucky and Ohio State. While Turner is listed as a center, he could compliment Okafor well as a forward. Turner plays best on the perimeter, which could help spread the court for Okafor. On defense, Turner would help provide another much needed rim protector for Duke. The one downside is Turner's likely status as a one-and-done player, which obviously limits his long term impact. As exciting as it would be to add another player of Turner's caliber, the chances don't appear very high. A commitment from Turner would be great for Duke, but would also be a major surprise.
Sean Obi, a transfer from Rice, would not be eligible to play for Duke next season, but would provide long term help. During his one season at Rice, Obi averaged 11 points and 9 rebounds per game. He will be forced to sit out next season as a redshirt but would be able to play three seasons at Duke. With a year off to practice against Okafor, Obi could make a significant impact as soon as he sets foot on the court for Duke. Obi is an athletic player and could help Duke's rebounding tremendously. While Duke would have to wait for Obi to have an impact, he could become a great player during a three year Duke career. Obi is set to visit this week. He is definitely someone to keep an eye on.
Mourning is not as well-regarded as Turner or have the experience of Obi, but he may have the best genes of all. As the son of former Georgetown and NBA star Alonzo Mourning, Tre has the potential to become a very good player. Duke has not offered Mourning, a 2014 recruit, but Mourning has expressed interest in attending Duke. He likely would not play right away and could even redshirt as a freshman. He likely would not have the same impact as Turner or Obi, but Mourning would provide depth for the Blue Devils. It's not clear how interested Duke is just yet, but the Blue Devils have a long history with sons of first-rate athletes. Think Grant Hill, Thomas Hill, Mike Dunleavy, Danny Ferry and Chris Collins.