Chase Jeter, a 5-star power forward in the 2015 class, announced his verbal commitment to Duke on Monday night to bolster next year's crop.
ESPN's Jeff Goodman reported the news following Jeter's announcement on ESPNU:
Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis thinks he's a great fit in the Duke system:
Jeter posted an Instagram of himself rocking a t-shirt of his new school:
After truly emerging last season, Jeter is now viewed as the No. 10 overall recruit and the No. 5 power forward in the country, per 247Sports' composite rankings. He received numerous offers from top programs, including Arizona, UCLA, UNLV, Kansas, Louisville and UConn, among others, but ultimately chose to sign with the Blue Devils.
An all-around player, Jeter does nearly everything well on the court. Paul Biancardi of ESPN provides his thoughts on the emerging star, via Derek Volner of ESPNMediaZone.com:
In a class where the big men make it special, Jeter is one of the elite post players. He has the ability to score in the low post with his back to the basket utilizing the jump hook inside, his go to move. Additionally, he is a very committed and consistent rebounder who runs the floor well resulting in easy baskets on offense and preventing them on defense.
Needless to say, there don't appear to be many flaws in Jeter's repertoire. How well that translates to the college game will be crucial to his tenure in Durham.
As an All-State selection for Las Vegas’ Bishop Gorman High School, the 6'11" big man averaged 14.7 points, 10.6 rebounds and three blocks per game. The right-handed hook shot that Biancardi alludes to makes him special in the paint.
He showed off his latest skills at the Adidas Uprising event:
After bringing in the No. 1 2014 class, according to 247Sports' composite rankings, coach Mike Krzyzewski has the makings of another great core. Along with Jeter, the Blue Devils already have a commitment from Luke Kennard, a 5-star shooting guard.
Prior to his commitment, Jeter shared his reasoning for holding Duke in such high regard with Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports.
"I have a great relationship with all the coaches," Jeter said. "Coach [Mike] K[rzyzewski], coach [Jeff] Capel. They have great guys, great history. Overall, just a great program."
If any of the incoming freshmen hang around after one season, Duke could have a plethora of talented players on the court yet again. A dominant power forward like Jeter could shape a young, dynamic roster.
With Amile Jefferson being the lone true power forward projected to be on the team during the 2015-16 season, Jeter has a chance to get plenty of minutes. If he continues to develop as a senior, Jeter has an opportunity to be a breakout player for the historic Duke program.
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