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Duke's 5-Star Commits Reveal Why The Chose Coach K Over John Calipari

Duke's mascot pumps up the crowd.

JACKSONVILLE, FL - MARCH 19: The Duke Blue Devils mascot gets the crowd into the game before taking on the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions during the first round of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Jacksonville Veteran's Memorial Arena on March 19, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

John Calipari is the men's college basketball coach known for recruiting the 1-and-done players. Coach K is the men's college basketball coach who's currently doing it the best, though.

Duke's 2018 class might be its best ever. The Blue Devils have commitments from the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 recruits in the class.

At the McDonald's All-American game, a reporter asked some of the Duke commits why they went with Mike Krzyzewski over John Calipari.

Here's what a couple of them said, via SEC Country:

No. 1 recruit R.J. Barrett

“Coaching style is different. They play in a different conference so they have to be different. They’re both the best coaches in the game. Coach Cal plays in the SEC. It’s a bunch of athletes that just run up and down. Duke, you can still run up and down, but it’s more sets and stuff like that. It’s really where I felt most comfortable.”

No. 3 recruit Zion Williamson

“They’re similar pitches, but each school has a uniqueness about it. Both of them said that I’d be surrounded by other talented players and it would help me get better to practice with them every day. I don’t think it was much different.”

Kentucky's 2018 class is nothing to be ashamed of, too. The Wildcats' class is the No. 6 class in the country.

You can view Duke's commits full responses here.