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Having paid a steep price for being caught without a quality big man on his roster this past season, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is doing his best to make sure it doesn't happen again.

Last November, he landed Jahlil Okafor, the most polished center in the Class of 2014. Then Monday, he secured a commitment from Okafor's potential replacement. 

Chase Jeter, Rivals.com's No. 8 prospect in the Class of 2015, announced he will attend Duke after the third-place game at the Adidas Nations tournament. The agile, athletic 6-foot-10 Las Vegas native also considered UCLA, Arizona and UNLV, among others.

"I just liked the feel of the environment," Jeter told ESPNU. "Cameron Indoor is a great place, a great basketball environment and I just felt like it was the right place for me."

Jeter's commitment is welcome news for a Duke program that found out the hard way this past season why having at least one capable big man on the roster is so essential. The Blue Devils finished third in the ACC and lost in the opening round of the NCAA tournament to upstart Mercer largely because they had to play forwards Jabari Parker and Amile Jefferson at center and they had no shot-blocking presence to erase their defensive mistakes on the perimeter. 

Okafor, a potential one-and-done prospect will fill that void next season and Jeter will have a chance to do the same thereafter. Although Jeter would benefit from adding more muscle to his spindly frame, he is still able to get position down low and finish with his trademark jump hook. He also blocks shots, runs the floor well and has a solid face-up game.

The addition of Jeter makes Duke one of two programs with two or more five-star recruits in the Class of 2015, joining Arizona. The Blue Devils also have a commitment from shooting guard Luke Kennard, an Ohio native rated Rivals.com's No. 19 player in the class. 

Duke had been the favorite to land Jeter for a while, but there was some talk that UCLA had made a late push after the 6-foot-10 center followed UCLA's athletics account and basketball account on Twitter over the weekend.

Predictably, that amounted to nothing. Jeter is Duke-bound, and the Blue Devils surely couldn't be happier.

For more Duke news, visit Devils Illustrated.

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Jeff Eisenberg is the editor of The Dagger on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at daggerblog@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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