Duke women haul in one of nation’s top recruiting classes

On Tuesday, the Duke women’s basketball team announced that there were four players who signed their national letters of intent to play basketball at Duke for Coach P beginning with the 2014-2015 season. Those four helped rank the Blue Devils as one of the top recruiting classes in the nation (second via the Girls Basketball Report and fourth via the All-Star Report). Three of the four recruits are ranked in the top 23 in various publications.

Here is a look at the four women set to join the Blue Devils for their freshmen campaigns next season and they all have some size:

Duke-BasketballSierra Calhoun is a 6’0 guard/forward out of Christ the King (Brooklyn, NY) whose brother plays at UConn. She ranks anywhere from seventh (Prospect Nation) to 17th (Girls Basketball Report/Hoop Gurlz). Coach P believes she is one of the best guards in the country who has some versatility. Calhoun averaged 22 points, 7.9 rebounds, four assists, four steals, and two blocks during her junior season.

Lynee Belton is a 6’3 forward/center out of the Bullis School (Clinton, MD). She scored 921 points over her first three seasons, averaging 14 points and ten rebounds during her junior year. In terms of prospect ranking, she is anywhere from tenth (Girls Basketball Report/Hoop Gurlz) to 34th (Prospect Nation). She also played field hockey and was a member of the track & field team (discus and shot put) in high school. The National Society of High School Scholars member, according to Coach P, is a very physical player.

Erin Mathias is a 6’4 forward/center out of Fox Chapel Area (Pittsburgh, PA). As a junior, she averaged 17.3 points and 13.6 rebounds. She also had two straight triple-doubles. She is ranked anywhere from 35th (Blue Star) to 97th (Prospect Nation). Coach P believes the National Honor Society member has worked hard to get better and enjoys dunking.

Azura Stevens is a 6’5 forward/center out of Cary, North Carolina. She is ranked anywhere from 27th (ASGR) to 57th (Prospect Nation). Coach P believes she is the most versatile player she has seen in a while, someone who can even play guard with her size. Stevens only played in seven games during her junior season because of a broken fibula, but still averaged 17 points and 6.3 rebounds. Her older sister played at St. John’s from 2008-2012.

 

To read more about the four ladies, click HERE.

 

So Duke is set to lose five players to graduation following this season (the top recruiting class four years ago) and will be bringing in yet another top recruiting class next season. The current Blue Devils are in action at Cameron Indoor Stadium tonight versus Vanderbilt.

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