If you thought the Duke men’s basketball recruiting class for the 2014-2015 season was a good one before Thursday afternoon, it turned into a great one and the BEST recruiting class in the nation.
On Thursday, Justise Winslow, a 6’5 forward out of Saint John’s High School in Houston, Texas, announced that he would be headed to Durham next season. He is ranked in the top 15 and is considered one of the top five small forwards in the country. He was the Gatorade Texas Player of the Year in 2013, as he averaged 28.6 points per game and 15.7 rebounds.
Winslow took that talent to Team USA over the summer and averaged 9.8 points and six rebounds in helping the team capture gold as the youngest player on the team.
Winslow is a former AAU teammate of current Blue Devils sophomore Rasheed Sulaimon and he played in the USA U19 Team this past summer with both Sulaimon and fellow recruit Jahlil Okafor. Winslow, Okafor, and fellow recruit Tyus Jones won gold on the USA U17 Team in 2012.
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All four recruits are ranked in the top forty.
Last week, Okafor and Jones announced that they would be headed to Duke simultaneously.
Okafor is considered the top recruit in the country. He averaged 20.9 points and 8.8 rebounds during his junior season. He was named the MVP of the FIBA U17 World Championship in 2012 after he averaged 13.6 points and 8.3 rebounds. This past summer, Okafor averaged the second most points on the U19 team (10.8) and led the team in shooting percentage (77.2%).
Jones is the reigning two-time Gatorade Minnesota Boys Player of the Year. He averaged 20 points and seven assists. As a teammate of Okafor‘s on the gold medal winning U17 team, he led the team in assists with 5.4. It was on a team that averaged 100 points per game. Jones is ranked in the top five nationally among all players and is the top guard in the country.
Grayson Allen is the one player in the recruiting class that is most often overlooked. Maybe that is because he committed so much earlier? He committed to Duke back in April.
Allen is one of the top 15 shooting guards in the country. He averaged 19.3 points per game for Providence (Florida). In the state championships, he shot an astounding 51.7% from the field and made 7-of-13 outside shots. In the summer, he competed in the NIKE Elite Youth Basketball League and in four games, averaged 18.3 points.
The Blue Devils lose two grad students (Andre Dawkins and Todd Zafirovski), along with two graduating seniors (Tyler Thornton and Josh Hairston). All four recruits should fit in nicely next season and could see alot of playing time.