Andrew Nembhard’s best option would be committing to Duke basketball

Duke basketball target Andrew Nembhard, formerly of the Florida Gators (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Duke basketball target Andrew Nembhard, formerly of the Florida Gators (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Andrew Nembhard’s best decision in the transfer portal would be to commit to the Duke basketball program.

The Duke Blue Devils have not really dabbled in the transfer market very often, but Mike Krzyzewski and his staff have been in contact with Florida transfer Andrew Nembhard.

Duke has been in contact with many transfers this offseason, even landing Columbia graduate transfer Patrick Tape, the first grad transfer in program history, but a serious threat never developed with any other prospect.

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Nembhard has been contacted by Gonzaga, Oregon, UCLA, Southern California, Memphis, and Georgetown, but his best option would be to land in Durham.

Duke has one open scholarship for the 2020-21 season, but while the 6-foot-5 point guard would have to sit out this upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules, he would still fill that scholarship and be eligible in 2021-22.

Not only would Andrew Nembhard have a chance to sit back and learn next season, he’d also have the chance to acclimate himself to the Blue Devil program and college life at Duke.

Jordan Goldwire and Jeremy Roach will have the point guard duties locked down to provide a defensive and offensive spark, respectively, and both could be gone next season since Goldwire is graduating and Roach could very well be a one-and-done.

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If Nembhard can improve as a 3-point shooter, 32.7 percent in his career at Florida, he has the size to potentially play shooting guard at Duke as the Blue Devils are the leader for Class of 2021 point guard Kennedy Chandler.

Not only does Duke have the most dominant recruiting team of Mike Krzyzewski, Jon Scheyer, Nate James, and Chris Carrawell, the Blue Devils can also call on the word of RJ Barrett, who was teammates with Andrew Nembhard at Montverde Academy and with the various Canadian national teams.

Duke has the reputation of getting guards in the NBA very quickly, and Andrew Nembhard could join that crop of players if he ends up playing in Durham.