Transfer with Duke basketball connections cuts Blue Devils from list

Alan Griffin, brother of DUke basketball commit Adrian Griffin Jr. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
Alan Griffin, brother of DUke basketball commit Adrian Griffin Jr. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

An Illinois transfer with connections to the Duke basketball program has officially cut the Blue Devils from his final list of schools.

It was a very nice and intriguing thought in theory, but Duke has officially been cut from the final list of schools for Illinois transfer Alan Griffin.

CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported on Sunday afternoon that the 6-foot-5 guard has narrowed his choices down to Miami, Syracuse, Dayton, Iowa State, Arizona, and Texas.

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Griffin is the brother of Adrian Griffin Jr., who has already committed to Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils as the lone recruit in their Class of 2021 at the moment.

Alan Griffin averaged 8.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game this season for the Illini, and upon announcing his decision to transfer last week, the Blue Devils were one of the first to reach out to the New York native, but no official scholarship offer was ever reported.

Duke has been linked to four transfers this offseason, three grad transfers along with Griffin, and the Blue Devils were able to land Columbia graduate transfer Patrick Tape.

As the current roster stands, Duke has two scholarships open for the 2020-21 season while waiting on decisions from three players who were on the roster last year.

The expectation is that freshman Vernon Carey Jr. will enter the 2020 NBA Draft, although no official announcement has been released, and the Blue Devils are still waiting on decisions from freshmen Cassius Stanley and Matthew Hurt.

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Mike Krzyzewski brings in a loaded and talented six-man recruiting class led by Jalen Johnson and Jeremy Roach as the Blue Devils will look to bring a sixth National Championship back to Durham.

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If the NCAA transfer rules remain intact, Alan Griffin would have to sit out next season and would have two years of eligibility remaining starting in 2021-22.