Duke targets move in latest rankings

The national recruiting team at Scout.com released their post-summer rankings for the class of 2014 on Wednesday and several Duke targets saw their rankings adjusted. Here's the rundown.

Jahlil Okafor
Previous Rank: #1 Overall / #1 C
New Rank: #1 Overall / #1 C

There wasn't much discussion or debate amongst the Scout.com national recruiting team when it came to placing the Chicago area prospect on top of the rankings. Okafor took over the top spot after the spring and nothing that happened this summer changed that.

Tyus Jones Previous Rank: #2 Overall / #1 PG
New Rank: #4 Overall / #2 PG

Jones, the previous number one overall player in the class according to Scout, fell two spots overall, and one spot in the position rankings. Texas combo guard Emmanuel Mudiay is now considered the nation's top overall point guard, though it was a decision that seemed to have the national analysts coming to an impasse.

"At the end of the day it was a split decision [between Mudiay and Jones for the top point guard ranking], but Mudiay got the nod here because of his superior size and athleticism," said national analyst Brian Snow. "This generated a ton of discussion."

Kevon Looney
Previous Rank: #9 Overall / #2 PF
New Rank: #14 Overall / #2 PF

Looney experienced the biggest drop of all the Duke targets, though he is still considered one of the 15 best players in the country. A player known for his energy and tenacity around the backboard, but also as a prospect who is still figuring out the finer points of his offensive game, Looney's fall can be attributed more to the rise of several high scoring guards than anything else.

"We went with some of the guards ahead of him, which is the basis for the drop," said Snow. "He's elite as a rebounder, and because of that we couldn't drop him too far. He's in the top group [of the class], but we just liked a few guys better, which is why he fell out of the top 10."

Justise Winslow
Previous Rank: #13 Overall / #3 SF
New Rank: #9 Overall / #3 SF

Winslow suffered a big drop in the previous update of the rankings, because, like Looney, he's still figuring things out on the offensive end with regard to versatility and variety of offensive skill. The Texas wing moved back into the top grouping this time, however, after showing off his array of overall skills.

"He showed how valuable he is in July. Even with him not being an elite offensive threat, he is as productive as any player in the country. Winslow is one of the toughest and smartest kids in the class, and will be a wing who defends everyone and helps his team to a lot of wins. We felt a top 10 spot was warranted."

Grayson Allen
Previous Rank: #38 Overall / #6 SG
New Rank: #34 Overall / #6 C

The lone Blue Devil commit in the class, Allen changed AAU teams early on in the EYBL and flourished for Florida's E1T1 squad, showing off an offensive attack based on athleticism and scoring ability.

"We just felt with his athleticism, ability to get to the rim, versatility, and solid shooting that he was a little bit better than a few guys that were ahead of him"

However, Allen's ability to do a lot well, also meant that his game appears to lack the one elite trait that would have propelled him higher in this latest round of rankings.

"He isn't quite dynamic enough as a shooter or have that elite size or point guard ability to be in the five-star range, but obviously we really like him and bumped him up a few spots."


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