Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski only landed two commitments in the class of 2012 but he clearly was more focused on quality than quantity. The Blue Devils reeled in two top-25 prospects as Coach K got the number one shooting guard in the country for the second straight year in Rasheed Sulaimon (#10) a year after landing class of 2011 shooting guard Austin Rivers. However, despite the position similarity, that’s about where the comparisons end between the two. Sulaimon is a much more complete player than Rivers who isn’t as scoring oriented and can facilitate the ball in addition to putting the ball in the bucket. Sulaimon is also better on the defensive end and has a higher basketball-IQ.
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The Houston native is a terrific player who’s a joy to watch. He is smart, savy and knows exactly what to do out on the court. He is a very good scorer who can score on all three levels although he’s at his best when he’s attacking the basket. Sulaimon also has a quick first step and has the ability to consistently get by his initial defender where he’s able to finish at the bucket or pull up and hit the mid-range jumper. He has improved his ball-handling skills too and has the ability to create scoring opportunities for his teammates. One thing Sulaimon can work on is the consistency on his perimeter shot although he has already progressed in that area.
Jefferson is a forward with great versatility and a terrific combination of athleticism, quickness and length. He can play inside and out on both ends of the floor but is very good playing on the baseline on the offensive end. He also rebounds well and is a huge get for Duke because of how great he fits into their system but also since he can provide some depth his freshman year and then provide quality play after that at a position they’re recently been thin at. Jefferson is a guy with good character but a couple things he can improve on are his strength and his shooting. He needs to get bigger so he can bang around inside and not get pushed around and developing a better perimeter shot will add another dimension to his offensive game as well.