This encore to the nationally top-ranked 2010 signing class should be met with standing applause. While it isn't pegged quite as high as a year ago it is equally important because it brings the missing pieces to the program and solidifies the Blue Devils as major players on the court for years to come.
The headliner in the class is Elizabeth Williams, the 6-foot-3 prospect rated the top post in the class and No. 2 overall, will join a program that could use help in the post immediately, making her commitment that much more important. With a talent-laden roster waiting at Duke, having her presence in the paint is going to make life much easier for all parties involved.
Williams will find a very skilled running mate in the frontcourt with the signing of No. 20 Amber Henson. The 6-3 forward has some perimeter skills, including range that most players her size only dream of. Collectively they present a huge challenge for opposing defenses. On the perimeter Ka'Lia Johnson gives the Blue Devils a lock-down defender who has the strength to play either guard position.
There was hope in Durham that the team may see its class rise even higher than fourth with addition of Gretel Tippet, the top Aussie player from last summer's U17 national team, but she decided to go pro in the NBL instead, or Betnijah Laney, the No. 11 prospect in the class that ended up choosing Rutgers.
Time will tell if assistant coach Samantha Williams' departure to Louisville will impact recruiting, but for now it continues to roll for Duke.
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