Duke lands Chase Jeter

Aug. 04, 2014 @ 10:46 PM

Duke has big man Jahlil Okafor to man the post this basketball season.

Once Okafor heads to the NBA after one season, as he is expected to do, Chase Jeter says he’ll be joining the Blue Devils.

Jeter, a 6-11 center from Las Vegas, committed to Duke on Monday night at the adidas Nations event in Long Beach, Calif.

He’s a consensus five-star, top 15 player for the class of 2015 by the recruiting services. He’s rated No. 10 by 24/7 Sports.

Jeter is the second five-star player in Duke’s 2015 recruiting class. He joins 3-point shooting ace Luke Kennard in pledging to the Blue Devils.

Duke is also in the running for 6-8 small forward Brandon Ingram of Kinston. Kansas, Kentucky, UNC and N.C. State are among his finalists. Ingram is set to visit Duke this Thursday.

Duke is also trying to get Ivan Rabb, a 6-11 power forward from Oakland, Calif., who is the No. 1 player in the class.

So the Blue Devils are in the middle of putting together one of the nation’s top recruiting classes once again.

This year’s class, led by Okafor, earned the nation’s No. 1 ranking. The 6-11 Okafor, from Chicago, is the nation’s top incoming freshman. Point guard Tyus Jones, small forward Justise Winslow and shooting guard Grayson Allen are also five-star players.

Even if Okafor goes to the NBA following the 2014-15 season, Duke will have a solid front court for 2015-16 now that Jeter is in the fold.

Duke will have Amile Jefferson as a senior that season while Marshall Plumlee will be in his final season of eligibility. Sean Obi, the 6-9 forward who transferred to Duke this summer after a strong freshman season at Rice, would be in his first season of eligibility for the Blue Devils in 2015-16.