The Duke basketball program is one of the leading contenders for Florida transfer Andrew Nembhard.
Andrew Nembhard and the Duke Blue Devils just make so much sense, and clearly the Florida transfer and Mike Krzyzewski also believe that sentiment.
On Wednesday morning, CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein tweeted that Duke, Gonzaga, and Southern California are the leading schools to land the 6-foot-3 point guard who announced his intentions to transfer from Florida two weeks ago.
Nembhard had originally entered his name in the 2020 NBA Draft before withdrawing and announcing his future plans.
Oregon, UCLA, Memphis, and Georgetown were also reportedly in contact with Andrew Nembhard once he entered the transfer portal.
Over his two seasons in Gainesville, Nembhard averaged 9.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 1.1 steals per game on 42.8 percent shooting from the floor and 32.7 percent from 3-point range.
The Ontario, Canada native was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team and then averaged 11.2 points per game in his sophomore campaign, which closed out his Florida career.
Nembhard’s younger brother, Ryan, recently committed to the Creighton Blue Jays over the weekend.
The Duke basketball staff has already landed one transfer this offseason, Columbia graduate transfer Patrick Tape, who will become the first graduate transfer in program history.
However, unlike Tape, wherever Nembhard goes, he will have to sit the 2020-21 season because of the NCAA transfer rules but will still have two seasons left of collegiate eligibility starting in 2021-22.
Duke still has one open scholarship for this upcoming season, one that Nembhard would fill even if he must remain on the bench for the entirety of the year.
The Blue Devils only have one recruit nailed down for the Class of 2021, Adrian Griffin Jr. out of Archbishop Stepinac High School (N.Y.), but even though Nembhard would not go down as a member of that incoming class, he sure would make a major difference after another mass exodus could be coming in Durham following the 2020-21 campaign.
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