Yet Another Transfer Shows Interest in Joining Blue Devils

Last season, Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer and his coaching staff did not experience any loss or addition of scholarship players through transfers. While there remains a possibility of a similar outcome this year, it appears that the Blue Devils have initiated contact with at least a couple of players currently in the transfer portal.

Recently, 24/7 High School Hoops reported that Stanford transfer Kanaan Carlyle has been contacted by Duke, as well as Texas Tech, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Villanova, Indiana, UCLA, Cincinnati, Florida State, Clemson, Gonzaga, and Baylor. Carlyle, a 6-foot-3 freshman guard, garnered attention from Duke earlier in his recruitment as a four-star prospect but did not receive an offer from Durham. He averaged 11.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game for the Cardinal this season.

Additionally, Harvard forward Justice Ajogbor revealed to 247Sports that he has received some level of interest from Duke, along with UCLA, Northwestern, Loyola Chicago, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Cal Berkeley, Arkansas, Butler, Howard, Iona, Clemson, UMass, and others. The 6-foot-10 player, previously a three-star prospect in the 2020 recruiting cycle, averaged 8.4 points and 6.5 rebounds as a senior under Crimson head coach and former Duke basketball player Tommy Amaker.

Scheyer and his team are preparing to welcome the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class, consisting of six highly touted prospects including Cooper Flagg, the top-ranked talent, along with four other five-star recruits and one four-star. Meanwhile, their current roster comprises approximately a dozen scholarship players with remaining eligibility, although it’s anticipated that at least one or two may opt to pursue professional opportunities this year, with the possibility of a few more transferring out of the program.

However, at present, the focus for the No. 4 seed Blue Devils is squarely on preparing for their Sweet 16 matchup against the No. 1 seed Houston at Dallas’ American Airlines Center on Friday night.

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