First ESPN100 rankings for Class of 2015 released

With the AAU season in full swing, ESPN released its first full ESPN100 for the Class of 2015 Tuesday. Duke's lone commit, Franklin, Ohio guard Luke Kennard, came in ranked 31st in the nation and was the last player to receive a five-star rating.

Chase Jeter, who could join Kennard as Duke's next 2015 commitment, has continued his meteoric rise up recruiting boards this summer. ESPN pegged the 6-foot-10 forward as the No. 13 player in the country.

The list is headlined by Bishop O'Dowd forward Ivan Rabb, who has yet to receive an offer from the Blue Devils but is still in correspondence with the program. The 6-foot-11 forward visited Duke following an East Coast swing to Georgetown and North Carolina and reportedly clarified a misconception with Blue Devil head coach Mike Krzyzewski surrounding his recruitment. Here is an excerpt from a piece published by's Adam Zagoria:

As for Duke, Rabb was not initially slated to visit there, but he ended up going on Monday after Carolina and they will now recruit him moving forward.
“Duke was real short, we got a chance to meet with Coach K,” Richie said. “Coach K and Ivan’s family sat down and talked about their recruitment or lack of recruitment and why. I think there was some miscommunication and they are on the same page now. And Ivan has said that he wanted Coach Krzyzewski and Duke to recruit him.”
Asked if Duke formally offered Rabb, Richie said, “I didn’t hear Coach K say that. Coach K did say if you were to say you would come here right now, of course we would be excited….He was more so, we want to coach you, you want to be recruited. We’re on the same page, let’s continue to build a relationship."

Duke's most recent scholarship offer was extended to Rice Lake, Wisc., power forward Henry Ellenson, who came in at No. 5 on ESPN's new recruiting rankings. The Blue Devils also have Class of 2015 offers extended to center Diamond Stone, ranked fourth, and small forward Brandon Ingram, ranked 12th.

On a Class of 2016 note, point guard Dennis Smith, Jr., recently ranked No. 9 in the Class of 2016 by ESPN, picked up a scholarship offer from Duke on an unofficial visit earlier this week, per Jason Jordan of USA TODAY Sports.


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