December Recruiting Notebook

After securing the nation's best recruiting haul in the class of 2014, the Duke coaches are spending the down time afforded by the exam period by making their impressions felt in 2015. Here's a rundown of who Duke saw this past week, how those players performed, and which schools they are listing.

Duke Checks Out Turner:

Duke sent assistant Nate James to watch Myles Turner on Thursday night for a nationally televised game between Euless (Tex.) Trinity and Spring (Tex.) HCYA, a team featuring UNC commit Justin Jackson.

Offensively, Turner showed his versatility. He faced up and hit jumpers from both mid-range and three, but he also showed confidence in his back to the basket game and dropped in multiple jump hooks.

On the opposite end, Turner, who is ranked No. 2 overall in the 2014 class, actively protected the rim. He was quick off his feet, controlled the paint and was a dominant defensive presence from a shot blocking standpoint.

John Calipari and Billy Kennedy were both in the stands for Turner. Duke and Texas dispatched assistant coaches for the game.

To go with Kentucky, Texas A&M, Duke and Texas, Turner is also considering Oklahoma State, Ohio State, who he has visited, SMU, Arizona and Kansas. Turner is officially visiting Oklahoma State this weekend.

Turner finished with 29 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocks.



Blue Devils head to Wisconsin:

On Friday night the Blue Devils had head coach Mike Krzyzewski and assistant Jeff Capel on the road in Milwaukee to see five star big man Diamond Stone in action. Duke, of course, has already landed the nation's top overall big man in 2014's Jahlil Okafor, but Okafor is expected to be one and done. So, Duke is in need of landing another big in 2015.

Enter Stone, a 6-foot-11, 255 pound prospect who has played in the Team USA development system for a few years. Duke has made an early impression, and it is likely the Blue Devils will point to the expected success of Okafor as a model for Stone.

On Friday he scored 23 points (10-of-17 shooting) and grabbed 16 rebounds to help Dominican High to an easy 31 point victory. The next night, without the coaches in the stands, Stone added another 17 points, eight rebounds, and eight blocks to help Dominican defeat Kevon Looney (26 points, 11 rebounds) by six.



Chicago Elite Classic:

Following their viewing of Stone, Capel and Krzyzewski headed back to Chicago for the Chicago Elite Classic to view Okafor and 2015 prospects Tyler Dorsey and Chase Jeter.

Okafor was his usual dominant self for three quarters, scoring 24 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. However, down the stretch Okafor was looked off routinely by his teammates before St. John Bosco won on a buzzer beater.

Scout.com's Brian Snow was on the court and provided analysis of the future Blue Devil:

"For the first three quarters Okafor was simply unstoppable scoring on the block, creating for himself using the dribble, and then also he had a few putbacks as well. Unfortunately for Okafor, and Whitney Yong, he stopped getting the ball in the fourth quarter, and that is when the Dolphins lost their lead. Still Okafor did nothing to hurt his stock, and continued to show the dominance he has in high school basketball."

On the other side of the court was, perhaps, Duke's top point guard prospect in the class of 2015 - California's Tyler Dorsey, a 6-foot-4, 175 pound combo guard who is rated as a top 10 overall prospect.

On the recruiting trail, Dorsey has offers from Duke, Arizona, Arizona State, Southern California, California, Connecticut, Louisville, UCLA, and Washington. He previously spoke with TDD about Duke's early interest and admitted he'd be keeping tabs on the Blue Devils:

"They are a program I'm interested in and one I'll continue to look at because I think their style fits me very well."

On this night Dorsey struggled from the field, but as Snow reported, the reasons for Duke's interest were apparent:

"It was not necessarily a game to remember for Dorsey who finished with only 11 points on 4-16 shooting," reported Snow. "Still you could see the immense talent level. Dorsey has a great handle, can also pass, and then is long and athletic around the rim. He just was missing shots, which happens. Right now Dorsey is trying to transition to being a point guard, which might or might not be a good idea, but the natural talent is clearly there for him."

Following the game Dorsey listed USC, UCLA, Arizona, Duke, Connecticut, and Kentucky as the schools showing the most interest.

Another offered prospect form 2015 in action was Las Vegas standout Chase Jeter, a five star power forward. Jeter said he is speaking the most with Duke, Louisville, USC, Oregon, Notre Dame, Michigan, UCLA, Kansas, North Carolina, and Arizona at this point in the recruiting process.

Despite his tremendous upside, Snow notes that Jeter struggled in his game.

"Jeter ending up fouling out, but before he did he showed the potential long term that makes him such a highly coveted prospect. Jeter runs the floor extremely well, blocked a few shots, and showed a nice touch on the inside. Now he definitely needs to continue to get into the weight room, but in terms of upside, Jeter has a ton of it."



Remaining targets

Duke was also expected to check out five star wing Luke Kennard as well. Kennard recently became just the fifth person in Franklin High School history to score 1,000 points. Kennard and his teammates take on Edgewood High on Tuesday night.


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