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Duke

A Quick Look

Prospects

Rank

Pos. Rank

Quick Analysis

Austin Rivers

#2

SG (#1)

Rivers has killer range out to the NBA three-point line and simply cannot be stopped when he’s at his best. He gets to the bucket easily and his mid-range game is developed well beyond his years. He isn’t the most athletic person in the class but his footwork, ball-handling and intelligence allows him to score when he wants and create his own shot.

Quinn Cook

#16

PG (#5)

Cook is a very nifty passer who has great floor vision. He is excellent at creating scoring opportunities for his teammates and is a great finisher when he gets in the lane. He is very good at penetrating and kicking out (which is perfect for Coach K’s offense) and is fast and quick.

Michael Gbinije

#26

SF (#6)

Gbinije is one of the most fundamentally sound players in the class. He isn’t an elite scorer due to his lack of initial burst in his first step but he does have a very nice step-back jumper that he seems to never miss and is nearly impossible to guard.

Alex Murphy

#34

SF (#10)

Murphy has a striking resemblance to former Blue Devil Kyle Singler. He has a nice shooting stroke and does an excellent job setting his feet before he takes his shot. He is also surprisingly athletic and is a great ball-handler for a wing-player which enable him to be a superb slasher and good finisher.

Marshall Plumlee

#41

C (#3)

Plumlee is an athletic seven-footer who runs the floor very well. He is a good shot-blocker and rebounder and often alters shots if he can’t get his hands on them. He also has good hands and a few different moves he can use to score in the low post.

Evaluation

The Blue Devils have five top-41 prospects as well as the #2 recruit in the country in shooting guard Austin Rivers. Rivers is the most NBA-ready player in the class and has NBA-level talent. He is simply unstoppable at times on the offensive end and will have point guard Quinn Cook (#16) to feed him the rock and small forwards Michael Gbinije (#26) and Alex Murphy (#34) on the other wing to keep the defense honest. Also, Duke has one of the top centers in the country coming in with Marshall Plumlee (#41) giving them an inside presence, which gives the Blue Devils their best recruiting class in a while. I expect Cook to be the one that surprises people since his combination of scoring ability, court vision and nifty passing is simply excellent and will be hard to defend.

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2 comments on “Duke

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  2. [...] surprise. Kentucky brought in the best recruiting class in the country this year with Duke and St. John’s not too far behind in our final class of 2011 top 20 team rankings while Texas [...]

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