Around the Nation: 10/22

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Next weekend will mark a monumental one with far-reaching ramifications for the 2014-15 season and beyond. Duke will host Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow in its bid to capture the nation's No. 1 recruiting class.

The Okafor/Jones package deal has been the most widely discussed story of the current cycle, and Winslow is a long-time Blue Devil target as well. This is the final official trip on the schedule for the duo (Winslow has a later trip to Stanford), and Mike Krzyzewski and his staff hope to close the show.

But Okafor won't be the only elite Chicagoan on the move. Cliff Alexander will travel to Illinois to visit the program considered by many to be running in second place behind Kansas. The Jayhawks also have hosted Okafor and Jones, and they're considered at worst co-leader for Okafor (especially if he splits from Jones), Alexander and Myles Turner.

The Chicago Tribune published a story on Monday explaining why Kansas or anyone else is unlikely to sign both of the Windy City centers. Mac Irvin Fire coach Mike Irvin was quoted in the story as saying, "They are being recruited by the same school, but it doesn't make sense for them to go to the same school. In college basketball you only need one dominant big man."

Most have speculated all along that the two would be disinclined to share space on the collegiate hardwood, and frankly it's difficult to argue that they wouldn't be absorbing a great deal of cannibalization risk beside another elite center.

As a reminder, the November signing period — which spans for one week — opens on November 13.


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