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2015 Recruiting Preview

With the class of 2014 officially filled up, I felt like it was high time I update our recruiting pages after months of  neglect. You can find the updated 2015 page here and the new 2016 page here. I will do my best to keep them up to date. You can find them in the basketball menu at the top of the page.

As needs change, so changes the class of 2015’s targets. Prior to Rene Castro accepting his transfer to Duquesne, 2015 looked like the year of the point guard. With Castro on board, the focus in the early summer open period seemed to shift towards a shooting guard / wing in the 6’4” – 6’6” range. Now with Marqywell Jackson also looking set for a redshirt year, the Dukes’ needs will change once more. Even before the Dukes filled their 13th scholarship, it seemed like the staff were looking at a number of stretch 3’s and agile 4’s in the late open period. In the last three weeks alone the Dukes have offered Nakye Sanders, Emmanuel Nzekwesi and JUCO Tyrell Bellot – Green according to Verbal Commits. They’ve also targeted  6’6” PF Emmit Holt. 4 Star Ahmad Gilbert has the Dukes in his top 8.

If I had to pick a single position I’d like to see the Dukes target it would be another agile four since they are essential for Jim Ferry’s offense to function and they don’t grow on trees.  However, the Dukes really can’t go wrong as they have depth this year and moving forward at every position. Unless someone leaves early or falters down low, I don’t understand targeting a  JUCO this early which is why I see the inclusion of Bellot – Green as somewhat surprising. Ferry will still have Darius Lewis, Jordan Robinson, LG Gill and Tysean Powell to choose from next season. Three will already have three years of experience with the team.  I doubt they’ll need someone who must make an immediate impact and I’d rather they get a four year player they can reload with later.

Needs will still change. In the end, I would be quite surprised if the Dukes only end up with one newcomer next fall as some turnover almost always rears its ugly head season to season. Unless things go very badly, however, I don’t anticipate the class of 2015 being about the 2015- 16 campaign. The needs the staff will fill are the needs of the future and incoming players should fill holes down the road not in the present.

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