Duke ready to host nation's No.2 prospect

The class of 2014 is already the nation's best, but Duke isn't done. The Blue Devils will welcome another five star prospect to campus this weekend when Myles Turner makes an official visit to Durham.

The Blue Devils have already earned commitments from two of the nation's top four prospects, and will welcome the third of the top four to campus this weekend when Euless (Tex.) Trinity standout Myles Turner takes his official visit to Durham.

After leading Trinity High to a 20-5 overall record, Turner has finally begun to focus on his recruiting process by setting up a number of visits. He will visit Kansas on March 5th before making the trip to Duke this coming weekend for the North Carolina game. Previously, Turner had visited Oklahoma State and Ohio State officially with trips to SMU and Texas A&M being unofficial. He may take a final visit to either Arizona, Texas, or Kentucky.

When evaluating Duke and the potential fit, the immediate thought and/or concern would be how the nation's No.2 ranked center would fare playing with the nation's No.1 center, and Duke commitment, Jahlil Okafor. (Previously, we asked the experts at Scout.com to discuss the potential strengths and weaknesses of a Turner-Okafor front court.) Both Turner and Okafor, however, believe the could play on the same team at the next level, and have repeatedly said as much in interviews:

"[Jahlil] has been recruiting me pretty hard to Duke," said Turner of his fellow McDonald's All-American. "We send texts back and forth, and he's mentioned me in different interviews he's done. With Coach K, he has a history of producing NBA talent, and I can definitely play alongside another big man, that's what you have to do at the next level."

Duke, during the recruiting process, has consistently pitched using Turner as a "player without a position" in the Blue Devils' system. Something that was on full display during the Blue Devils' in-home with Turner.

"Coach K's visit was really interesting," said Turner. "He showed what kind of person he really is, and he showed me a side of Duke history that most don't see. He also showed me what they would do with me at the college level. He was able to come in and wow me with what he has in store for me."

While Okafor has made and will continue to make his living in the painted area, Turner is more dynamic on the offensive end according to Scout.com expert Rob Harrington:

"He doesn't merely chunk up the occasional three, he's an effective catch-and-shoot player to 22 feet. Most big guys with range strongly prefer the top of the key, but Turner is good from that position as well as on the wing. That's one key indication that he's a genuinely good shooter, not just an opportunistic gunner."

"His size and length also make him an elite finisher and shot-blocker who doesn't need to jump out of the gym to score in traffic to pound shots into the stands. He doesn't possess staggering explosiveness and isn't nearly as fluid as an Anthony Davis, but clearly he's a good athlete and is impressively mobile. And while he needs to gain strength, his body type isn't frail (unlike Isaiah Austin of Baylor) and he should be fine with a few years to develop physically."

Of course, like Okafor, Turner is expected to have a cup of coffee in college before shaking hands with Duke alum turned NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in June of 2015.

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- Myles Turner Senior Evaluation


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