Coach K picks his captains for 2016

The Blue Devils will return just one starter from 2015’s championship roster after senior Quinn Cook graduates, and three of the team’s four top freshmen - Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, and Tyus Jones - opted for the NBA Draft.

One of the big themes surrounding the title run was the rotation which featured just eight scholarship players, and now half of those eight are no longer on the roster. On Thursday, following the awards and celebrations at the annual awards banquet, head coach Mike Krzyzewski appointed three of the returning four players as tri-captains.

Rising senior Amile Jefferson will assume the leadership role for the second straight season and will be joined by fifth year senior center Marshall Plumlee and rising junior Matt Jones. Jones and Jefferson split time as the team’s fifth starter throughout the 2015-2016 season.

As for the rest of the roster, Duke has added four recruits for the upcoming season lead by two McDonald’s All-Americans in 6-foot-10 forward Chase Jeter and 6-foot-5 wing Luke Kennard. Following the championship game, Krzyzewski and his assistants earned a commitment from three star center Antonio Vrankovic, and this week earned a commitment from five star point guard Derryck Thornton, who will re-classify from the class of 2016 to enroll in the fall.

The Blue Devils also have a commitment from preferred walk-on Justin Robinson, and are in the running for five star small forward Brandon Ingram. Landing Ingram would give Duke back-to-back No.1 recruiting classes per Scout.com.

In addition to the incoming freshmen, Sean Obi - a 6-foot-9, 260 pound center from Rice - will be eligible after sitting out last year.

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