Duke Has Number One Recruiting Class For Second Straight Year


One of the big dominoes of the 2015 college basketball recruiting class fell into place on Monday night, as Brandon Ingram announced his commitment to play for the Duke Blue Devils in 2015. Ingram joins a class that was already ranked number two in the nation before he made his decision, but his addition moves Duke to the number one spot.

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This is the second straight year that Duke has the number one recruiting class, and we all know how it worked out for them last year. There are still some recruits that have yet to make decisions, including Jaylen Brown a consensus top five recruit, but the classes are pretty much set in their places. Brown is still considering Kentucky and if he commits there he could make them the number one class, but either way Duke has at least a top two class coming in.

Last years recruiting class included the top recruit in the nation Jahlil Okafor, and the top point guard, Tyus Jones. Okafor was considered a polished product coming out of high school and dominated the way everybody expected him to.

The incoming class for 2015 didn’t have a dominant player before Monday but Ingram might be just that. ESPN ranks Ingram as the best Small Forward in the 2015 class and the third best player in the class overall.

Ingram might be the Blue Devil with the most talent next year but he certainly will have plenty of help. Joining Ingram in Duke’s 2015 recruiting class is five star center Chase Jeter, five star point guard Derryck Thornton, four star sharpshooter Luke Kennard, and three star center Antonio Vrankovic.

Last years number one recruiting class was four deep, and one of the members, Grayson Allen, didn’t even get regular minutes. This year they are five deep and will have help from Allen who will be back and likely getting regular minutes. Allen was a top 20 recruit from the 2014 class, and he will now be joined by the number one recruiting class next year giving Duke a wealth of talent on the roster.

Add all of that talent to the experience they will have in guys like Amile Jefferson, Marshall Plumlee, and Matt Jones and you have a scary looking team, but that’s a conversation for another day.

For right now Duke fans can sleep comfortably knowing that even though they lost four key cogs to their National Championship roster they have re-stocked and should be just as good if not better next season. The roster looks great, how they will all gel who knows, but right now with Duke still celebrating their most recent Championship, the good news is still coming in and Blue Devil fans still have plenty to look forward to.

Mike Krzyzewski and his staff keep it going and it seems as though Duke will be at the top of the class for many years to come. Two years in a row with the top recruiting class is a pretty impressive feat.