Duke Basketball Found Themselves in a Position to Totally abandon Transfer Portal

For the second consecutive year, Duke basketball will most likely not require any inbound scholarship transfers.

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Duke’s basketball coaches appear to be advocating full roster meritocracy. With Wednesday’s lauded pledge from NBA Academy Africa five-star center Khaman Maluach, the Blue Devils now have six top-tier 2024 recruiting prizes. In addition, 11 current scholarship players have eligibility that extends beyond this year.

That totals 17. However, only 13 can be on scholarship each season.

Kyle Filipowski, a sophomore forward, is anticipated to be a lottery pick. Tyrese Proctor, sophomore forward Mark Mitchell, and freshman guard Jared McCain are among the other contenders who have declared for the 2024 NBA Draft.

And senior guard Jeremy Roach may choose not to take advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA to everyone who participated in the shortened 2020-21 season.

Meanwhile, without mentioning names, logic dictates that a couple of current Blue Devils will seek greater playing time elsewhere by entering the transfer portal shortly after the season concludes.

Nonetheless, barring a surprise decommitment or two, Jon Scheyer and his assistants — the only high-major staff to neither add nor lose a scholarship talent via the transfer route last offseason — should be able to virtually ignore the portal once more, whereas other programs rely heavily on it for roster construction.

Duke basketball’s top-ranked 2024 class includes Maluach (No. 6 overall on the 247Sports Composite), five-star forward Cooper Flagg (No. 1), five-star forward Isaiah Evans (No. 14), five-star forward Kon Knueppel (No. 17), five-star center Patrick Ngongba II (No. 24), and four-star forward Darren Harris (No. 53).

Current Blue Devils with remaining eligibility include Roach, Filipowski, Proctor, Mitchell, McCain, junior guard Jaylen Blakes, sophomore guard Jaden Schutt, sophomore center Christian Reeves, freshman guard Caleb Foster, freshman forward Sean Stewart, and freshman forward TJ Power.

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