Even though they are losing 4 starters from last season’s Championship squad as Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, and Tyus Jones are leaving for the NBA as projected as 1st Round Draft picks, and senior Quinn Cook is graduating, Coach K has been hot on the trail to reel in a bevy of star freshmen that could make Duke the preseason favorites to win back-to-back titles in 2016.
With the news that North Carolina native Brandon Ingram, the #4 rated HS recruit in the 2015 Class, has committed to play at Duke, Coach K has potentially landed his 2nd consecutive top ranked recruiting class heading into next season. Reportedly, he chose Duke in a tough decision over Kansas, North Carolina, NC State, and Kentucky.
The 6’9, 195lb forward can play any position from 2,3, or 4 for the Blue Devils next season and projects as a versatile offensive player that has an excellent outside stroke, paired with elite handles, and crisp passing.
Just last week, the Duke coaching staff landed a recruiting coup, nabbing elite Class of 2016 point guard Derryck Thornton, convincing the star floor general to reclassify to 2015, and be eligible for next season.
Ingram joins 3 other players ranked in the Top 25 rankings including Thornton, center Chase Jeter, and the high scoring Luke Kennard, who averaged 40+ ppg as a HS senior who amazingly scored more points than 4 time NBA MVP Lebron James in the state of Ohio.
They also will have tons of depth up front as, in addition to returning seniors Marshall Plumlee and Amile Jefferson, they also are getting 6’9 and 270lb Rice transfer Sean Obi, to help offset the loss of leading scorer and rebounder Jahlil Okafor.
The committment of Ingram has pushed Duke to the top of the 2015 recruiting rankings, landing in the #1 spot per 247Sports.com, just ahead of Kentucky, LSU, Arizona, and Michigan State.
Allen Moll has been a lifelong NBA and NCAA College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously, and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen has also provided content to Bleacherreport.com, Upperdeckblog.com, Cleveland.com, CSN Philly.com, Buckets Magazine, Balltribe.com, in addition to being a tenured NBA and NCAA columnist for TheHoopDoctors.com.