The Duke Men’s Basketball season is in full swing but recruiting never stops for it is the life blood of any program. Many have been asking who are the Blue Devils priorities and who are they focusing on at this time. BDN Premium clears up the picture for you by listing the top five prospects on the board.
The following prospects [private] currently top the Blue Devils recruiting board and we reluctantly rank them for you with our take on the pecking order. These five guys are clearly at the top at this time but other names will be added as coaches take in more of their games over the Holiday’s in tournaments like City of Palms and Glaxo Smith-Kline Invitational.
1-a - Shabazz Muhammad – The only reason I list Muhammad ahead of Murphy is his potential to play great defense and his overall athleticism. Many have said that the talented wing is a long shot but the Blue Devils didn’t get the message. They will battle the heavyweights until the end for his services and they will meanwhile keep tabs on his brother. Muhammad told BDN in our last interview that he was visiting for the Duke-Michigan State game but we’ve yet to confirm that now that the game is upon us.
1-b – Alex Murphy – Over the summer Duke made good in-roads with Murphy and they continue to stay in very close contact with the St. Mark’s star. Murphy, like Muhammad is hoping to visit Duke for a game in Cameron provided they can work it out with concerns to their busy high school basketball schedules. Duke likes the edge Murphy brings to the court and they hope he takes them up on their offer sooner rather than later, but look for nothing to happen until after the season if current information holds up. He is literally tied with Muhammad at the top of Duke’s wish list.
3- Tony Parker – Another prospect Duke got closer to over the warm weather months was Tony Parker, the hulking inside presence from Georgia. Duke needs to add some size and they love the space eater types like Parker. In fact, it is vital that the Blue Devils add a solid front court player in this class, especially since they backed off of Tyler Adams. Parker, like all recruits, hopes to visit for the UNC game if not sooner.
4- Rodney Purvis – Make no mistake that Duke has sparked Purvis interest and he has been a bit of a main stay at home games or at least attends more than the average recruit. Of course, with him playing just down the road in Raleigh, it makes for convenience. The Blue Devils would like Purvis to follow the likes of Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers and they’ll be on top of his local tournament action over the holidays.
5 – Rasheed Sulaimon -There is a drop off from 4 to 5, but Sulaimon has impressed Coach Krzyzewski and the staff off the court in a big way but Coach has yet to really see him in action other than film. So, Sulaimon is in the evaluation stage and if he impresses the staff on the hardwood and he fits with future personnel he will likely become a Dukie. The reason for this confidence is that he is a huge Duke fan.
While the aforementioned names are at the top of the interest list, there are several others on the radar and we’ll discuss them at a later date. Again, the upcoming tournaments and high school season will determine who gets more looks. In short, the dust will clear shorlty to reveal true prospects and then will readjust again in Spring. As for the Michigan State game, Duke is expecting some local kids and if that changes, we’ll let you know. [/private]