Duke basketball: Blue Devils add preferred walk-on to 2020-21 roster

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The Duke basketball program made an addition to next season’s team by adding North Carolina native Cason Pierce as a preferred walk-on.

Duke basketball’s 2020-21 roster continues to evolve as Friday’s news adds another player to the team as Cason Pierce will be joining the Blue Devils as a preferred walk-on.

Pierce is a North Carolina native, listed as a 6-foot-7, 195-pound guard who served as a captain for Greensboro Day School in his senior season.

Cason Pierce (wearing jersey No. 0 in the video below) will be the seventh player of a loaded recruiting class entering Durham next year, headlined by Jalen Johnson, the No. 11 incoming freshman in the country, according to 247 Sports Composite Rankings.

Jeremy Roach, DJ Steward, Mark WilliamsJaemyn Brakefield, and Henry Coleman round out the incoming class of freshmen, who are all ranked inside the top 45 of the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.

Pierce will join a list of notable Duke basketball preferred walk-ons, such as Justin Robinson, who redshirted his freshman season and will now be leaving the program upon his graduation in May, along with Keenan Worthington, a 6-foot-9 forward who just completed his redshirt freshman season.

The other walk-on’s for the 2020-21 season are Michael Savarino, Mike Krzyzewski‘s grandson, who will be a redshirt freshman, and Mike Buckmire, who was awarded a scholarship by Krzyzewski prior to last season.

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Duke still has three scholarships remaining for the 2020-21 season after Columbia graduate transfer Patrick Tape decommitted from the Blue Devils just 10 days after announcing he would be completing his final year of eligibility in Durham.

The Blue Devils are still waiting on official decisions from Vernon Carey Jr., Matthew Hurt, and Cassius Stanley on whether they will return to Durham for their sophomore seasons, declare for the 2020 NBA Draft, or pursue another route.

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Cason Pierce will be a welcomed addition to The Duke Brotherhood upon his arrival to campus in the fall.