There were no surprises on signing day for Duke, as the two top-30 recruits that had previously announced their commitments made their vows official.
Chase Jeter, a 6-foot-10, 215-pound center from Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, and Luke Kennard, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard from Franklin High School in Franklin, Ohio, both signed their letters of intent Wednesday. Jeter is a five-star recruit ranked No. 9 in the class by ESPN, and the worldwide leader ranks Kennard a four-star recruit, No. 26 overall.
Kennard and Jeter both played on USA basketball’s under-18 national team this summer, winning the 2014 FIBA Americas Championship. Current Blue Devils Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow were on the squad as well. Kennard’s 13.8 points per game ranked second on the team—for his high school season, he averaged 41 points and 10.4 rebounds per game—and Jeter put up 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game for Team USA.
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski had this to say about both players in a press release:
On Kennard: “He defies one position because he can handle it and be a point guard. He can play the wing. He’s a natural athlete and competitor. Although he scores a lot, he’s an amazing passer, and he’s an easy guy to play with. I’m not sure most people would say that a 40-point a game scorer would be easy to play with, but he is.”
On Jeter: “Chase is a natural athlete that runs well, catches well and he’s a really good talker...He’s over 6-10, maybe 6-11 now, and will be able to play both the four and the five.”