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August 4, 2014

Jeter commits to Duke

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March 8 proved to be a fruitful day for the Duke Blue Devils. Not only did they defeat bitter rival North Carolina, they also hosted two five-star prospects who ended up committing to the program.

Shooting guard Luke Kennard didn't wait to long to make his commitment, but big man Chase Jeter took his time.

The wait finally ended on Monday night when the 6-foot-10 center from Las Vegas Findlay Prep made official what has been speculated since he completed his visit to Durham, Jeter will be a Blue Devil.

"I took a lot of time to evaluate my decision and I took visits to all the schools on my list and I feel I was really comfortable with my decision. I will be attending Duke University to be a Blue Devil," Jeter told ESPNU after getting 14 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks in an Adidas Nations game. "I just love the feel of the environment and Cameron Indoor is a great environment. I felt like that is the right place for me."

Currently ranked as the No. 8 player in the class of 2015, Jeter has long been a primary target for the Duke staff.

It's easy to see why, too. Jeter can run the floor, he is a very good scorer with eiter hand around the basket -- often via jump hooks -- and he has potential to extend his scoring range out to at least 15 feet.

A good athlete with a big frame to grow into, Jeter is an outstanding rebounder and a good positional defender. Bigs who have brute strength and bulk can give him trouble at times, but it isn't anything that a little dedicated work in a college level weight room can't solve.

Though it took a little longer than initially anticipated for Jeter to make his announcement, he has still gotten things out of the way relatively early and Mike Krzyzewski and his staff can rest a little easier knowing that Jeter is in the fold.

This weekend, the Blue Devils will put their best foot forward in hopes of luring a third five-star prospect to Durham when they host 6-foot-9 small forward Brandon Ingram on an official visit.

Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.

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