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Duke Lands Another Top Prospect

Coach Mike Kryzewski is setting up what could be one of his strongest recruiting classes ever. Not only does he have Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum, who are the first #1 and #2 pick to commit to the same school, but he will also be adding center Marques Bolden to his list. Bolden, the 6-foot ten 240 pound Dallas-native, will be the fourth top-20 commit including Giles, Tatum, and McDonald’s All-American game MVP Frank Jackson. I believe Bolden will fit right in where Marshall Plumlee left of at the center position. This could help guys like incoming freshman Javin De Laurier and returning players Chase Jeter and team captain Amile Jefferson be able to spread out on the court and use their slashing abilities to impact the game. In the past with smaller lineups, it was not uncommon to see Jefferson or Jeter playing the center role with four guards around them. Now Duke can have a true center in the middle to anchor the defense and protect the rim. I think that this second ranked recruiting class coming in under Coach K will have high hopes this upcoming season. There should be a match-up mismatch at positions one through five, all depending on the opponent that night. Duke could seriously be raising a sixth championship banner around this time next year, but only time will tell. Either way, the Blue Devils are in for a great season.

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Lawrence Davis III
Lawrence Davis, a Durham, North Carolina native, is a Sports Editor/Writer and Webmaster. The High Point University Alum has been writing for the magazine since 2013, covering Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), and Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) sports year round, as well as the Durham Bulls (Triple-A) baseball team in spring and summer. Davis is also the Head Coach of the Sanderson High School Varsity Lacrosse team in Raleigh NC, leading his team to numerous school records in only four years with the program. Davis still manages to assist in the organization and facilitation of the Annual NC MLK/Black History Month Parade, Annual NC Juneteenth Celebration, Spectacular Magazine Men of the Year and Spectacular Magazine Women of the Year award programs, among other events. Despite his busy schedule, Lawrence has built and maintains the Spectacular Magazine website and social media. @lawdavis13

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