Duke basketball: Mike Krzyzewski continues to reach out to grad transfers

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Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke basketball program continue to reach out to graduate transfers with the latest being former Yale star Jordan Bruner.

As the college basketball season ended prematurely and players were forced to move onto to next season or their next chapter, coaches across the country have been doing the same from their homes.

In the last few days, Mike Krzyzewski has now reached out to two graduate transfers, Harvard’s Seth Towns and now Yale’s Jordan Bruner.

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Duke hasn’t been known for its recruitment of graduate transfers in the past, but that has not hindered the success of the Blue Devils in its recruiting of one-and-done’s.

Bruner entered the NCAA Transfer Portal on Wednesday, and according to Evan Daniels of 247Sports, a plethora of schools have reached out to him, including Kansas, Baylor, Maryland, Xavier, and Florida State, to go along with the Blue Devils.

The 6-foot-9 forward played in 28 games, starting 27, and averaged 10.9 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.7 blocks per game in his senior year while shooting 44.3 percent from the field and 32.3 percent from 3-point range on 32.4 minutes per game.

Bruner had the chance to play two ACC teams this season, North Carolina and Clemson, and against the Tar Heels, his stat-line was jaw-dropping with 17 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, four blocks, and two steals on 6-of-10 shooting, 2-of-4 from 3-point range, in a 3-point Yale loss.

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Against the Tigers, the South Carolina native was equally impressive with 10 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, a block, and two steals on 3-of-9 shooting in a 54-45 victory over Clemson.

If Jordan Bruner were to commit to the Blue Devils, it would not be his first time playing in Cameron Indoor Stadium as he took the floor with the Yale Bulldogs last season in a 91-58 loss to Zion Williamson and company.

Despite the blowout, Bruner held his own in 29 minutes, scoring seven points and eight rebounds with three assists, two steals, and a block.

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The potential of adding a graduate transfer is confusing for the Blue Devils because, without any departures from underclassmen, Duke would have 14 scholarship players on its roster, but the NCAA limit is 13.

Clearly there will be a shakeup in the roster for Mike Krzyzewski, but that will just be something to monitor going forward in the very early offseason in college basketball.