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Duke hauls in big-time package deal

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THE LIST: Class of 2014 Rivals150
Every year we hear about potential package deals. Almost without fail, they fall apart or feature one very good player with one who isn't so good. Friday afternoon, the nation's top player Jahlil Okafor and No. 5 Tyus Jones actually followed through with their plans to unite in college.
During press conferences televised at the same time on ESPNU, the two five-stars committed to Duke.
By following through on what they've been saying they would do for the last two years, Okafor and Jones completed the most significant package deal since Greg Oden and Mike Conley chose Ohio State.
Duke/Kansas coaches and fans are certainly ecstatic to be the winners of this tightly contested race for two players that should step in and make a considerable impact as soon as they hit a college campus.
Let's start with the best player in the country, Okafor. A 6-foot-11 center from Chicago (Ill.) Whitney Young, the center is a true back to the basket scorer with size, great hands, outstanding footwork and soft touch. Once he sets up shop on the low block, there just aren't any high school players -- and maybe not college either -- capable of moving him out of scoring position.
Okafor has embraced his talent as a back to the basket guy and is one of the best true center prospects in some time. He scores over either shoulder, has great length and can step out to make short jumpers. He's working into better shape and will get even more dangerous as he hits a college weight room.
A product of Apple Valley (Minn.) High, the 6-foot-1 Jones is the second highest ranked point guard in the class of 2014. Highly efficient and skilled, he never gets rattled and is a big time playmaker who is equally comfortable serving as his teams primary scorer or setup man.
Jones floor vision is well above average and he's got the perfect demeanor for a floor general. Never too high or too low emotionally, he is a master of reading the high ball screen and can punish defenses with both his shooting and passing.
By adding Okafor and Jones on Friday, the Blue Devils have put together a serious claim for the nation's best recruiting class. Joining the five-star duo is the No. 34 player in the country Grayson Allen.
Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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