Recruiting Recap: Duke Blue Devils
Recruiting Recap: Duke Blue Devils

This article is part of our Recruiting Recap series.

There was a time two or three years ago – otherwise known as a generation in college basketball – in which it seemed as if coach John Calipari could pick and choose whatever one-and-done prospects he liked to form his team. There was always something untoward in that the excellent recruiting at Kentucky did not seem completely legitimate.

Now, that time is over and coach Mike Krzyzewski and Duke have taken over top-shelf recruiting. For whatever reason, Coach K is leading this recruiting drive and not being painted as anything but a basketball saint. Perhaps Calipari broke the mold. Whatever the reason, Duke has once again collected a nearly unbelievable recruiting class to replace last year's recruits (Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter, Gary Trent Jr.) who have moved on to the NBA. While it would be tempting to think that Duke can keep this recruiting run alive, the fact that coach Jeff Capel has moved to Pittsburgh may have some effect. For now, let's take a look at the top three players (also known as the top three recruits in the eyes of many recruiting services) and see how they might fit together.

Zion Williamson, F, (6-7, 285)

Power. The burly Williams will provide the Blue Devils with a lot of power. With his massive shoulders, he looks more like a tight end than a basketball player. It would be easy for Williamson to simply overpower opponents, but that would belie his excellent repertoire of skills. With Barrett and Reddish
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Perry Missner
Missner covers college basketball for RotoWire. A veteran fantasy sports writer, he once served on the executive board for the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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