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  • BlueDevils00 Nov 14, 2013
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    It's almost here. Tomorrow at 4pm EST the top Center and top Point Guard in the class of 2014 will announce their college destination.

    By now, you know who they are and how special they are. Jahlil Okafor is an absolute oak tree, standing 6'10" and solidly built, he has drawn Tim Duncan comparisons due to his fundamental low-post scoring and is the best rated big man since High School phenom Greg Oden. Tyus Jones is a crafty 6'2" PG that plays the game similar to Chris Paul. He has an uncanny ability to lead a team and see plays before they develop. Okafor is the #1 Overall prospect in the class, while Tyus Jones is #4.

  • BlueDevils00 Nov 14, 2013
    Sports Legend

    With all announcements, rumors are starting to leak out and it looks like DUKE is in a great position to land to dynamic duo tomorrow.

    http://beforeitsnews.com/sports/2013/11/jahlil-okafor-and-tyus-jones-very-likely-headed-to-duke-blue-devils-2539018.html -- Chatter at the United Center for Tuesdays Duke game (which was in Okafor's hometown of Chicago) indicated Okafor has decided on Duke.

    http://247sports.com/PlayerInstitution/Jahlil-Okafor-at-Whitney-Young-28479/Predictions -- The latest crystal ball trends show a good number of analysts changing their prediction from Kansas to Duke.

    The players have maintained 100% they are committed to attending the same school.

  • BlueDevils00 Nov 14, 2013
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    Tyus Jones blog also released today: http://socialhub.usatodayhss.com/blogs-main/staffblogs/item/1122-tyus-jones-jahlil-okafor-decision-blog

    And yes, me and my boy Jahlil (Okafor) are definitely still going to the same school. That's 100 percent. We've always said that we were gonna play together in college and we haven't wavered on it. We're announcing together, but I don't know if it'll be split-screen or what. I don't have those details.

  • BlueDevils00 Nov 14, 2013
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    It's long been thought that Duke was a clear leader for Jones. His mother literally wears Duke gear to all of his High School and AAU games and has made it clear that Duke is her #1 choice. The question was always with Okafor -- would he buy into Duke's development of big men? Duke hasn't received a major Center recruit since Mason Plumlee in 2008. If the duo decided to split, it looked like Okafor would be the one not attending Duke.

    The fact that they are 100% together is a GREAT sign for Duke. A person I spoke with who is VERY close to the Duke program says the staff is very, very confident that Jones will be coming to Duke.

    If they decide on Duke, it will be the single biggest recruiting day in Duke Basketball history. It will make Duke the preseason #1 team for next year (regardless of who leaves/returns) and give Coach K the #1 recruiting class. These players are on a Randle/Parker/Wiggins type of level. Landing both of them would be absolutely absurd.

    Let's hope for the best!

  • jabparker4 Nov 14, 2013
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    THat is quite a bit of analysts predicting Duke, and several of them have made updated predictions AFTER the duke and kansas game. This would be huge, what do you think BlueDevil? Do we land one or both, or none at all??

  • roylovescanada Nov 14, 2013
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    if we dont land any its gonna be a bad recruiting class

  • jabparker4 Nov 14, 2013
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    ^master of the obvious much??

  • jabparker4 Nov 14, 2013
    Veteran

    always a bad recruiting class if you do not land ANY

  • 903 Hook em banned Nov 14, 2013
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    Not necessarily. There are still players out there that could flip or add Duke to their lists if Okafor and Jones decide to go to KU. And Coach K can also find a fifth-year transfer that would be eligible immediately. There were a bunch of those this past summer.

    But yes, obviously the class is better if they get #1 and #4...

  • BlueDevils00 Nov 14, 2013
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    I think we get both. Last week, I would've said Kansas. But the chatter in Chicago on Tuesday was very strong with Okafor to Duke. Also, all of the Minnesota area analysts are confident with saying Jones to Duke. Late crystal ball trends tend to be more accurate, especially when people are changing picks from their original choice instead of just taking a guess. Lastly, having Jabari Parker probably coming back for his Sophomore season helps a lot with Okafor.

    I truly feel like we'll get both of them. The stars are aligning

  • BlueDevils00 Nov 14, 2013
    Sports Legend

    There really is no way of knowing, obviously, but in the end I just think of Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor as DUKE guys. High on academics, played for Team USA, love great coaching, hard workers, and great ball players. Coach K also has a pretty nice track record with Chicago recruits.

  • roylovescanada Nov 14, 2013
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    but also i read that after friday like 90 of the top 100 will be signed.....the record for most at this early in the recruiting season

  • roylovescanada Nov 14, 2013
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    point is....we dont land them, not much top level talent out there left and we usually have some signed already. we just have Allen so far.

  • BlueDevils00 Nov 14, 2013
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    Yeah, I don't really see us as a major contender for Myles Turner (#2, Center) unless Okafor and Alexander pick Kansas. So there's not a ton of high-end talent, but we can't forget about Justise Winslow.

    If SF Stanley Johnson picks Arizona on Friday, and Okafor/Jones pick Duke -- this bodes very well for Dukes chances with Winslow. He is close friends with Okafor/Jones and Arizona is seen as Duke's biggest competition. Johnson would step in as an elite SF, which may deter Winslow from picking Arizona.

  • roylovescanada Nov 14, 2013
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    idk...i say lets get these boys friday and the rest is gravy

  • BlueDevils00 Nov 14, 2013
    Sports Legend

    ^^^ Yup, truth.

  • ELDIABLOS Nov 14, 2013
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    Love to get both these guys, that being said I am sick of the one and done talent. I really like when K gets a chance to take upper to mid-range talent and can groom them for four years. that's how we won our last title...

  • Coach C Nov 14, 2013
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    And don't forget about paying them for four years.

  • Coach C Nov 14, 2013
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    On a serious note. If duke don't land these two players there is a good chance that y'all will suck to the high heavens next year with Parker,Hood, and Cook leaving and no top notch players to replace them sets up for the worst season in 30 years for the Devils!

  • heelgrad1978 Nov 14, 2013
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    as a UNC fan i pray to God you dont get these 2 guys.....my team is so far behind yall right now, its a joke. If you land these 2, then its just gonna get worse before it gets better.

  • 903 Hook em banned Nov 14, 2013
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    ^I remember those types of predictions when Gerald Henderson left early and then Harrison Barnes verballed with UNC...

  • heelgrad1978 Nov 14, 2013
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    Ole Harrison....what an epic fail for us. And thats when all the **** started hitting the fan too. Its been a long time since 2009.

  • seedofdoubt Nov 14, 2013
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    No one has indicated any of the 3 players you mentioned will be leaving. Parker has said on many occasions he will play for three or more years. Hood will graduate with a Duke degree (he is academically a junior this year) and to walk away from that makes no sense...same applies for the junior Cook.

  • larrys080return of the Tarheel Nov 14, 2013
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    That was before anyone knew about every top team had season ending injuries to all of their top players! Thats just a fact! 2010*

  • larrys080return of the Tarheel Nov 14, 2013
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    +1

    K has a way of keeping top players for several years. He goes into every year having a veteran team while other coaches have to deal with freshmen. They just might keep their entire roster for next year plus this elite recruiting class. That will be tough for anyone to beat!

  • 903 Hook em banned Nov 14, 2013
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    who was injured for kentucky?

  • NCheatStateU Nov 14, 2013
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    Good luck, for what I saw of Duke against Kansas, they'll need them.

  • stomponurlogo Nov 14, 2013
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    Yep.

    #CURBSTOMPED!!!

    LOL made us grin real big.

  • larrys080return of the Tarheel Nov 14, 2013
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    K has to have talent to win! If he doesn't land these two then his retirement will be soon after! The bad news is that he will land both.

  • MoDukev3 Nov 14, 2013
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    You mean ike all the NBA first rounders on that "2010 NCAA Championship" team. Yeah I think I got it.

  • NCheatStateU Nov 14, 2013
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    Money talks and BS walks.

  • stomponurlogo Nov 15, 2013
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    I'm envisioning another "Skype Incident" like the one pulled off by one Mr. Harrison Barnes. I heard chairs went-a-flyin' arond the office of Kiwi after that infamous smackdown of dook in public. LOL!

    ca CAW!! ca ca CAW CAW!!!!

  • 903 Hook em banned Nov 15, 2013
    Sports Legend

    ...that was nov. 9, 2009. that was the last thing unc fans celebrated that season. the brand went bust after that...

    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/7737280/harrison-barnes-two-years-north-carolina-tar-heels

  • BlueDevils00 Nov 15, 2013
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    Cook leaving? There is 0% chance of that happening. Sulaimon much more likely.

  • BlueDevils00 Nov 15, 2013
    Sports Legend

    http://zagsblog.com/articles/parents-claims-they-dont-know-where-jones-okafor-are-going/

    This may be reaching, but I know for a fact that Debbie Jones (Tyus' mom) is an avid Duke fan. Reading between the lines, it seems like she has a much better feel for where the kids are going that Jahlils dad. Again, it may be a reach but if Debbie is getting her way and is happy (it seems that she is) I feel good about Duke's chances. Given, she would be happy for her son even if he chose Lipschomb State, but the rumblings have always said she wants Tyus at Duke.

  • BlueDeviIs00 Nov 18, 2013
    Sports Legend

    What a great, amazing feeling it is to know we have these STARS coming to Durham next year!!

    Coach K is ROLLING baby!!!

  • BlueDeviIs00 Nov 18, 2013
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    WHERE ARE YOU TODAY, BIG SHOT??????????

  • Brackettville2.0 Nov 18, 2013
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    MIA like Jacob summers

  • BlueDeviIs00 Nov 18, 2013
    Sports Legend

    Belmont + Jones/Okafor = lots of UNC fans hiding for a while

    makes me grin real big

    :)

  • abcersimback Nov 18, 2013
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    after hearing okafor's pc,how in the world is he ever going to get admitted into dook?

  • Brackettville2.0 Nov 18, 2013
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    Dude. JR Reid

    GAME
    SET
    MATCH

  • Brackettville2.0 Nov 18, 2013
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    I'll give lil fella credit for showing up. But it is like killing a gnat with a sledgehammer.

  • abcersimback Nov 18, 2013
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    he does know that dook is in durham nc and not durham maine?

  • Brackettville2.0 Nov 18, 2013
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    LOL
    Did you all see Brice Johnson celebrating after his dunk last night? Only to lose.
    All the redheaded chest bumpers on the end of the UNCheat bench went home with frowny faces.
    :(

  • heelgrad1978 Nov 18, 2013
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    Brice is a punk. I do not like him at all.

  • abcersimback Nov 18, 2013
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    it's better than being a nerd.

  • jabparker4 Nov 18, 2013
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    ^nerds generally end up making pretty good money, I envision Brice not in the NBA and selling home owners insurance for Corchiani in a few years.

  • Rollin Like PDoobie Nov 18, 2013
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    Now that's funny right there, I don't care who you are!

  • Rollin Like PDoobie Nov 18, 2013
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    How well did that work out for ya lil fella?

    Ca Caw???? Mommy and Daddy really should consider limiting your internet access.

  • abcersimback Nov 18, 2013
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    even corch is more successful than christy latener. i would like to see corch and wojo walk into a dermatologist's office together and say i have this mole. can you imagine the look on the doc's face.

  • BlueDeviIs00 Nov 18, 2013
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    This one wont show his face for months...

    Make me grin real big

    :)

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