Duke Recruiting Catch Up: Tyus Jones Begins Senior Season, Diamond Stone Jumps to No. 1 in 2015

Posted on December 4, 2012 by


Tyus Jones

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The college basketball season has been underway for a few weeks now, but the high school season is just getting started and many of Duke’s targets are poised to get their seasons going.

With four scholarship players leaving in Ryan Kelly, Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry and Todd Zafirovski and two players already committed in Semi Ojeleye and Matt Jones, the recruiting front is not one that is in the forefront of too many fans minds. This year has the potential to be very special so looking too far ahead would almost be taking this team for granted.

However, there are those interested in what is going on with potential future Blue Devils and for those people, here is what is going on in the high school ranks.

Jabari Parker wants to play in season opener

We touched on this on Monday when this story came out. Simeon opens up their season on Saturday night in the Chicago Elite Classic. Dukes top unsigned target, and the No. 2 player in the country, Parker has been out with a foot injury since the summer.

UPDATE: Parker played 11 minutes in the win, contributing six points and four rebounds.

Tyus Jones opens season Tuesday

When looking at the potential in the class of 2014 — and the future of the point guard position — Tyus Jones is the first player that comes to mind. An extremely talented point guard, Jones will be taking the court for the first time this season on Tuesday night.

Jones is a preseason USA TODAY All American and is expected to have another huge season. He visited Duke during Countdown to Craziness with fellow 2014 star Jahlil Okafor.

Diamond Stone the new No. 1 in Class of 2015

Diamond Stone was the main beneficiary of Karl Towns‘ decision to reclassify to 2014 — besides Kentucky, but I digress — as he leapt his way to the No. 1 spot in the class. A 6-foot-10 center from Wisconsin, Stone is a player that would change the way people see Duke in the recruiting world as he would be the first major post signing who wasn’t a Plumlee is a long time.

2015 is still a long way away, and Duke was spurned by a top-five player last year in Shabazz Muhammad, but this is still exciting news.

Jimmy Kelley is the founder and lead writer for Devils in Durham. Follow him on Twitter @JKell17

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