Duke basketball: Blue Devils land Columbia graduate transfer Patrick Tape

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The Duke basketball program has landed Columbia graduate transfer Patrick Tape after being involved with three other Ivy League graduates.

Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski has landed his first-ever graduate transfer, and it’s Columbia’s Patrick Tape.

The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports on Tuesday night after the Blue Devils were interested in three Ivy League grad transfers, Tape, Harvard’s Seth Towns, and Yale’s Jordan Bruner.

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Towns committed to Ohio State over Duke on SportsCenter without holding an offer from the Blue Devils, and Bruner admitted that he heard from the Duke staff but not Mike Krzyzewski.

However, the Hall of Famer presumably got his man, and it’s a position of need since the Blue Devils were set to be without any experience in their frontcourt next season with the graduation of Javin DeLaurier, Jack White, and Justin Robinson as freshman Vernon Carey Jr. is expected to enter the 2020 NBA Draft.

Tape opted to sit out of the 2019-20 season with a toe injury as he looked for his next opportunity to play in 2020-21. The 6-foot-10 forward from Charlotte will only have one year of eligibility remaining when he gets to Durham.

As a junior, Tape played in 27 games for Columbia, starting 21, averaging 11.3 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, and 1.3 blocks per game while shooting 66.7 percent from the field and 68.9 percent from the free throw line.

Duke entered into his recruitment late as Tape was also considering Syracuse, Southern California, and Ohio State, but the forward saw the Blue Devils topple the Orange this season on his trip to the Carrier Dome.

Patrick Tape will join a frontcourt of freshmen next season with Mark Williams, Henry Coleman, and Jaemyn Brakefield all arriving ranked within the top 50 of the 247Sports 2020 Composite.

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Tape will be a welcomed addition to the 2020-21 Blue Devils as Duke looks for its sixth National Championship.