Duke Basketball has ten open scholarship offers out in the Class of 2019, with the Blue Devils likely looking to add about half that many players when the dust settles on this recruiting cycle. The coaching staff will likely need to replace at least four players after early entry (R.J. Barrett, Cameron Reddish, Zion Williamson are definites, while Tre Jones has that kind of potential) and at least one to graduation (Antonio Vrankovic is a redshirt senior).
But with ten offers out, and at least one or two more on the way to the rising senior class, Duke clearly can’t land all of its targets and still remain under the thirteen scholarship limit imposed by the NCAA. There is going to be a heavy priority placed on players on the wings, with a lot of playing time available from the point guard, shooting guard, small forward positions to be promised to a number of players.
It will be interesting to watch, also, as Duke looks to potentially adjust its recruiting strategy following the departure of Jeff Capel. Will Mike Krzyzewski seek to mix in more longer term, developmental guys who the program can build around and establish a foundation or will they continue to go after the best of the best and maintain their one and done heavy recruiting strategy until the rule ultimately goes away in a year or two?
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