On Monday evening, the Duke University Blue Devils landed another ESPN Top 100 prospect when Chase Jeter announced his verbal commitment to the school live on ESPNU from the championship rounds of Adidas Nations Global 2014 in Long Beach, California. The 13th ranked recruit in the class of 2015 chose Duke over a plethora of elite programs namely Arizona, Kansas, Oregon, UCLA and UNLV.
The 6’10’’ power forward averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots per game during his junior season at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas. Jeter’s skill-set should translate smoothly into a well-rounded collegiate game in Durham. The Duke-bound power forward currently plays alongside elite big man Stephen Zimmerman, but head coach Mike Krzyzewski made it a priority to bring Jeter aboard . Duke hosted Jeter for the March Duke/ North Carolina game after Krzyzewski had offered Jeter a scholarship the prior November.
Duke is getting a player with excellent athleticism that can run the floor and score from the low block. Although guards steal the headlines, Coach K has always emphasized recruiting talented big men (Plumlee brothers, Jahlil Okafor to name a few), and Jeter may prove to be a pivotal player as Duke builds its 2015 recruiting class.