Since Duke basketball’s season ended with a 65-52 loss to Tennessee in the NCAA Tournament second round on March 18, the coaching staff has been working to craft next season’s roster.
As usual, the Blue Devils have players leaving early for the NBA Draft and a highly regarded recruiting class set to arrive this summer.
But what other moves does coach Jon Scheyer want to make for his second team since he replaced Mike Krzyzewski as Duke’s head coach? Scheyer has indicated he wants to build more experienced teams going forward, and the Blue Devils are looking to add a veteran big man through the transfer portal.
Here’s where Duke’s roster stands and what decisions have yet to be made as of April 5.
Which Duke players are going to the NBA?
Two Blue Devils freshmen, 7-1 center Dereck Lively and 6-7 forward Dariq Whitehead, have announced their plans to turn professional and not return to school. Both players are projected to be first-round picks in this summer’s NBA Draft.
Which Duke players have entered the NCAA transfer portal?
No Duke players from last season’s team have formally made a move to transfer.
The NCAA’s transfer portal window for basketball players opened on March 13, the day after the NCAA tournament bracket was announced. The 60-day window will close on May 11, meaning players who wish to transfer must begin the process by entering their name in the portal by that deadline.
Which Duke players will return next season?
▪ Two Duke freshmen, point guard Tyrese Proctor and forward Mark Mitchell, announced during the last week of March they will return to play as sophomores for the Blue Devils. Both are returning starters.
▪ Ryan Young, a 6-10 transfer from Northwestern, said he’ll use his final season of eligibility with the Blue Devils next season. He played in all 36 games for Duke this season.