National Signing Week is upon us, and it is time to take stock of the country. Here is a look at what went right, what went wrong, and what is still left to do for teams. This edition focuses on the Duke Blue Devils.
What went right?
There is no real question that Duke is going to end up with one of the best classes in the country. Mike Krzyzewski and his staff have proven to be extremely effective recruiters, and they are involved with, and probably even leaders for some of the elite prospects in the country.
So far only one commitment has come Duke’s way and that is from four-star wing Alex O'Connell. A legacy recruit, O’Connell quickly committed to the Blue Devils after earning an offer following an extremely impressive summer.
O’Connell is a good athlete and someone who can make shots. Also he is a tough and competitive kid who should be a solid four year player for Duke.
What went wrong?
At this point not too much could be classified as going wrong. The point guard position could be classified as a bit of a concern since Duke doesn’t seem primed to land any of the top players at the position early, but they remain involved with Virginia native Matt Coleman.
What is left to do?
Well, this is where it gets interesting for the Blue Devils. Thursday should be the start of figuring out just how good this class is going to be. Five-star wing Gary Trent plans to announce, and the Blue Devils appear to be the leader.
Also five-star center Wendell Carter plans to make his commitment sometime during the early signing period, and he has long been considered a lean to the Blue Devils.
Landing those two early along with O’Connell would put the Blue Devils in a tremendous position, especially considering they are in an enviable spot with five-star forward Kevin Knox who is announcing late.
There is no question Duke has a lot of work ahead of them with only one current commitment, but Krzyzewski and his staff have more than earned the benefit of the doubt and should again reel in a top three class before it is all said and done.