Tyus Jones (above) will join his friend Jahlil Okafor at Duke next season. (Chris Williams
Two of the nation's top prospects, Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones, committed to Duke simultaneously on national television Friday afternoon. Okafor, the No. 1 player in the nation according to Rivals, and Jones, the No. 5 prospect, have hinted for months that they would attend the same school.
Okafor, a shot blocking center, figures to be a prominent presence in the paint for coach Mike Krzyzewski. Jones, a dynamic point guard, will add to an already deep backcourt. In a blog for USA Today, Jones wrote about his desire to play for the Blue Devils: “With Duke it’s the opportunity to play for Coach K and the style that they play there. I love the way they use their guards, and I feel like I can make an impact right away. Plus they have a great fan base.”
Cliff Alexander, a power forward and the No. 4 player in the class, committed to Kansas. During his announcement, the Chicago native initially picked up a University of Illinois before putting it back in favor of a Kansas Jayhawks cap.
Arizona coach Sean Miller also added to his recruiting resume this year by signing the nation's No. 3 player, small forward Stanley Johnson. Forgoing the standard hat announcement, Johnson held Arizona Wildcats shoes to the camera to show where he had committed. Johnson, a friend and former Oakland Soldiers AAU teammate of star freshman Aaron Gordon, was asked on air if he could convince Gordon to stay for his sophomore year. Johnson responded: "Nah, he's long gone."
Three players in Rivals' top 10 -- Myles Turner (6), Rashad Vaughn (7) and Justise Winslow (9) -- remain unsigned.