While he definitely isn't in the commitment column yet, most feel Duke is the big leader for Chase Jeter, and he made a big move up in the rankings. Going from No. 18 to No. 9, Jeter showed big time potential and production following his return from injury. He looks stronger and is playing tougher on the low block than ever, and then Jeter also is scoring a bit better as well. A kid with a ton of upside, his game is coming together at the right time.
Stone is No. 1 on the strength of his high offensive skill level, his improved conditioning, and continued consistent production. It was a tough race, but as a team we came to the conclusion that his combination of legit size, talent, and production placed him at the top of the class.
Making a huge rise up was Ellenson. Ellenson went from No. 62 overall to No. 7, and obviously went from a four-star to a five-star prospect. He did that on the strength of an excellent spring where his inside-out game was on full display. Ellenson has the ability to score down low, and then also is an excellent shooter and ball handler for his size allowing him to take advantage of whoever is guarding him.
Joining the party as a five-star is Swanigan. Swanigan was in the class of 2016 and moved to 2015 and makes his debut as the No. 12 prospect. He is one of the best low post scorers and is an excellent rebounder as well. Swanigan isn't the best athlete so that kept him out of the top 10, but there is no doubt he has a great level of production.
Also a top priority is Ivan Rabb who is at the power forward position. With the rise of Stone to No. 1, Rabb fell to No. 3. This is because of a somewhat inconsistent spring. He still has the great physical tools, but Rabb didn't dominate at the level needed to retain his stop atop the rankings. Rabb with a strong July again could state his case, but for now we felt he needed to drop slightly.
Duke already has Kennard to play on the wing, but one other forward they are targeting is Brandon Ingram.
At the small forward position Brandon Ingram went up from No. 40 to No. 26 and stayed as a four-star prospect. Ingram has elite length and a high skill level, but his lack of toughness and consistent domination kept him just out of the five-star range, but there is a lot to like in this versatile rangy wing.
Also the Blue Devils continue to stay in pursuit of Malik Newman, who remained as our top shooting guard in the class despite dropping a few spots in the rankings from No. 2 to No. 6.
Newman is still an elite scorer, but his lack of ideal size combined with a rather inefficient shot selection led to his slight drop. There is no doubt that Newman can get buckets, but now he has to be more efficient in doing so make a move back up the rankings.
Obviously Duke is off to a great start with a pledge from Kennard. Now if they can close on Jeter that would give them two five-star prospects and set up the Blue Devils for another run at the top class in the country.