Duke basketball: Blue Devils make final two for top graduate transfer

Duke basketball target Seth Towns (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images)
Duke basketball target Seth Towns (Photo by Corey Perrine/Getty Images) /

The Duke basketball team is firmly in the running for Harvard graduate transfer Seth Towns as it has been reported the Blue Devils are in his final two schools.

Recruiting graduate transfers has not been the usual tactic for Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke basketball program, but the Hall of Fame coach knows talent when he sees it.

Seth Towns, a Harvard graduate transfer, has narrowed his list down to two schools, Duke and Ohio State.

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Matthew Gutierrez of The Athletic first reported the news on Twitter as Towns tweeted earlier in the week that he would be making a decision very soon and that a decision within the next few days is likely.

Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports reported on Monday that Duke was one of the schools to reach out to Towns.

Seth Towns only played two seasons at Harvard due to a knee injury but was named as the 2017-18 Ivy League Player of the Year after averaging 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 1.8 assists on 41.9 percent shooting and 44.1 percent shooting from 3-point range.

He has not played in the last two seasons for the Crimson.

A Columbus, Ohio, native, the Buckeyes were one of the schools very close to landing Towns in his high school recruitment, but he opted to attend Harvard instead.

The 6-foot-7 guard would have two years of eligibility remaining and would be allowed to play right away.

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Towns took multiple visits to Ohio State in his recruitment, but Duke seems to be at a disadvantage since they cannot host the sharpshooter as the NCAA made the decision to suspend recruiting activities over the coronavirus pandemic.

Krzyzewski also reached out to another Ivy League transfer in Yale star Jordan Bruner as the legend tries to build his roster for 2020-21 despite growing concern about roster limits.

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Duke currently has 14 scholarship players for the 2020-21 season, assuming all underclassmen return, and although very unlikely, things still need to be evened out to get down to the NCAA limit of 13 scholarship players on a Division I men’s basketball team.

Keep a sharp eye out on Twitter for any news over the coming days about a possible Seth Towns commitment to either Duke or Ohio State.