Duke basketball: Blue Devils remain connected to commit’s brother

Duke basketball target Alan Griffin (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Duke basketball target Alan Griffin (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

The Duke basketball program remains connected to Alan Griffin, who is the brother of commit Adrian Griffin Jr. and will be transferring from Illinois.

Duke basketball has been connected to more transfers this offseason than in recent years, and the Blue Devils remain locked on Alan Griffin, who will be transferring from Illinois.

Griffin is the older brother of Adrian Griffin Jr., a top player in the Class of 2021 who has already committed to the Blue Devils in November.

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Duke reached out to the eldest Griffin moments after he announced his decision to leave the Illini and continues to be in contact with the 6-foot-5 guard.

Stadium’s Jeff Goodman reported on Friday afternoon that Griffin told him Miami, Arizona, Marquette, Dayton, Iowa State, Texas, Syracuse, and Duke are the schools that he is still considering.

Duke and Dayton seem to have a leg up on the rest of the field due to his family ties with each program.

Obviously, his brother, Adrian, will be attending Duke, and the two would be eligible to play in the same season, 2021-22.

However, Griffin also has ties to Dayton as he is very good friends, and former high school teammates, with Flyers star and reigning National Player of the Year Obi Toppin, while Griffin’s father, Adrian Griffin Sr., coached with Dayton head coach Anthony Grant with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Alan Griffin averaged 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in 28 games played this season for Illinois while shooting 48.3 percent from the field and 41.6 percent from 3-point range.

Duke has also been connected with graduate transfers Seth Towns, Jordan Bruner, and Patrick Tape this offseason, while apparently not offering scholarships to the first two players but getting Tape to commit to the Blue Devils earlier this week as the first graduate transfer in program history.

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If all rules and regulations remain intact, Alan Griffin would have to sit out the 2020-21 season due to NCAA transfer laws, which could change late in the offseason pending a vote, and then have two years of eligibility remaining.