Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 4:07 pm  |  13 responses

Duke Lands Top Recruits Jahlil Okafor & Tyus Jones

It was in the summer of 2012 that Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones began making clear their intentions of being a package deal in college. And for a good majority of the time since then, Duke was seen as the early favorite to land their services. Thus, this afternoon, when both simultaneously announced their college decisions live on ESPNU while about 350 miles apart from each other, it came as no surprise when both put on Duke hats (on split screen). The longtime friends had cut their final list of suitors to Duke and Kansas. Tyus Jones, a 6-0 guard at Apple Valley (MN), is highly regarded as the top pure point guard in the class of 2014, while Jahlil Okafor, a 6-10 center at Whitney Young (IL), is hailed as the top big man and overall prospect among seniors. It’s fair to say that the Blue Devils have officially become the early favorites to win the 2015 NCAA title.

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  • Fitzy

    I wanna take this opportunity as first to say how annoying that converse ad is on an iPad.

  • bringbackthesonics

    its frustrating as hell

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  • Enigmatic

    Damn it, I have to root for Duke to do well for at least another year. I know you’re from the Chi, Coach K, but the quicker this Chicago to Duke pipeline dries up, the quicker my college basketball rooting habits can go back to normal lol.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Duke already ranked #1 in 2014-15

  • Najee Fareed

    for a second i thought they were gonna pick the winner of tuesday’s game

  • Junior Taylor

    So much for Duke only being able to recruit straight cut players. Coach K has done a great job recruiting out of a place like Chicago. It has been a huge plus with his history and success with Team USA

  • The Seed

    Once North Carolina loses Roy Williams (overrated coach) they will start back getting these guys.

  • Enigmatic

    He’s landed 3 of the top 15 recruits thus far. You really think some other coach not named Calipari could do better?

  • AndyK415

    Tyus Jones from Minnesota!

  • Clos1881

    Coaching team USA is paying off big for coach K even though I think these two guys are over hyped.

  • Clos1881

    Other than losing out on Jabari Roy consistently out recruits K hopefully we can land rashard Vaughn.

  • Mars

    Coach K is a mack, but these kids are becoming a bunch of copycat killers. Go to a school and MAKE them a powerhouse. That why I respect Melo and KD, they chose the hometown teams and, well damn, they didn’t miss much from no glorified coach! Melo got his boys a NC. KD might of had the best regular season a freshman has ever had. After Jabari, Wiggins, Randle…it’s gonna be a while before we see legit announcements. Oh and Emmanuel Mudiay all day SMU!!!!