Five-Star's Big Board: Duke
Shabazz Muhammad, Tony Parker are the 2012 targets left for the Blue Devils
Over the course of the college season, Five-Star will be on the grind, gathering recruiting intelligence for some of the nation's premier programs -- outlining each team's current roster and program needs, commitments and signees, and top recruiting targets for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 classes.
Today, we'll peek inside the Duke war room and answer the following questions: What are the immediate and longer-term needs? Who are the Blue Devils after? Which players have decided to take their talents to Durham?
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|Matt Jones (committed)||
Current Roster and Program Needs:
Immediate Needs – 2012
- The biggest immediate need Duke has is 6'9" Lithonia (Ga.) Miller Grove big man Tony Parker, who could step in for departing senior forward Miles Plumlee.
- With Alex Murphy and Michael Gbinije at small forward for the 2012-13 roster, 6'6" Las Vegas Bishop Gorman wing Shabazz Muhammad can make an immediate impact at that position as a freshman but will have to compete for time.
- Sulaimon will need to fight for playing time in a crowded backcourt that will include Seth Curry, Andre Dawkins, Tyler Thornton, Quinn Cook and possibly Austin Rivers if he returns.
Longer Term Needs – 2013
- With Coach K having eclipsed Bob Knight as the all-time winningest coach, his next obvious plateau is 1,000 victories. By going big for 2013 stars Parker, Randle and Noel, the Blue Devils could be set up to send coach out on a high note. Each of their targets can elevate the program - any combination of that group would be potent.
- The trio of 2013 targets is among the best in the nation and Duke will have plenty of competition for them. In some circles, Jabari Parker is seen as the best player in the country. And Julius Randle has earned LeBron James comparisions with his rare mix of size and skill. Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State, Kansas, UConn, Providence, Syracuse and others have all tried to get some, if not all, of these players.
- Tyus Jones, 6'0'', PG, Apple Valley HS
- Jahlil Okafor, 6'8'', C, Whitney Young HS
- Theo Pinson, 6'5'', SG, Wesleyan Christian Academy
- Andrew Wiggins, 6'7'', SF, Huntington Prep