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RECRUITING: Gorman’s Jeter picks Duke

Moments after he was voted the Most Valuable Player in the adidas Nations third place game, Chase Jeter was set to announce the biggest decision of his young basketball career.

The 6-foot-10-inch power forward chose what many had pegged as the front-runner for quite some time.

Jeter orally committed to Duke over Arizona, UCLA and hometown UNLV Monday afternoon following the adidas Nations telecast on ESPNU.

“I will be attending Duke University to be a Blue Devil,” he said. “I took a lot of time to evaluate my decision and took visits to all the schools on the list. I feel very comfortable with my decision.”

Jeter is the No. 8 prospect on Rivals.com and No. 13 in the ESPN 100 rankings.

As a junior, Jeter averaged 14.7 points and 10.6 rebounds and was a first-team all-state selection after leading Bishop Gorman to its third consecutive state championship.

He took an official visit to Duke on March 7.

“I just love the feel, the environment,” Jeter said. “Cameron Indoor (Stadium) is a great place for basketball.”

Duke already had the No. 1 recruiting class in the country for 2014, and is looking to repeat.

Jeter is the second player to commit to play for the Blue Devils in the 2015-16 season. Luke Kennard (ESPN No. 31), a 6-5 shooting guard from Franklin, Ohio, committed in March.

In June, Jeter helped USA Basketball Men’s U18 National team to the championship in the 2014 FIBA Americas Championship.

His father, Chris, was a member of the UNLV 1990 NCAA championship team under Jerry Tarkanian that beat Duke 103-73.

Contact reporter Ashton Ferguson at aferguson@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0430. Follow him on Twitter: @af_ferguson.

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