Reaction: Okafor & Jones commitment

Duke needed to secure commitments from Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones. On Friday, they did just that.

Duke scored their top targets – Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones on Friday, and they needed them.

Sure it's tough to point to two recruits and say they are must haves for a coach the caliber of Mike Krzyzewski, but reeling in Okafor and Jones immediately makes Duke a national title contender next season.

So what makes them such monumental recruits for the Blue Devils?

Well to start, Duke hitched their wagon to them. Outside of their one commitment – Grayson Allen – the Blue Devils put all their eggs in the Okafor and Jones basket. Coach K and his staff tracked the package duo throughout the summer and devoted a considerable amount of time to them.

They also are heavily recruiting Justise Winslow, but the Okafor/Jones package has clearly been their top priority. If the Blue Devils had missed, the talent on their roster would be just above average.

Picking up the package duo gives them elite players at arguably the most important positions on the floor.

Okafor,'s No. 1 player, is a terrific post scorer. He has a great set of hands, very good touch around the basket, a variety of post moves on the block, rebounds the ball at a high level and is also a good mid-range shooter.

Okafor, in my opinion, is the best post scoring big man in high school basketball since DeMarcus Cousins. And I think his upside is higher than Cousins, who just signed a four-year $62-million extension.

While Okafor mans the post, Jones,'s No. 4 overall prospect, is a high-caliber point guard, who has drawn comparisons to Chris Paul.

Jones has built a reputation as a poised lead guard with a high basketball IQ. He's led the USA Basketball U16 and U17 to Gold Medal's the past two summers. In both Gold Medals runs, Jones averaged over five assists a game.

Arguably Jones' best attribute is his ability to run a team. He's very poised, understands the point guard position and is a terrific passer. Jones is also a more than capable scorer when he needs to be. His mid-range game is solid and he's a pretty good shooter out to three.

With the addition of Okafor and Jones, Duke now has the No. 1 class in 2014. But the Blue Devils aren't quite done. Although he hasn't set an announcement date, Winslow is expected to announce his college choice next week

Winslow played on the USA Basketball U16 and U17 teams with Okafor and Jones. The three also officially visited Duke together.

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