It’s possible two Duke basketball guards could each have two Senior Nights.
If senior Jordan Goldwire wanted to utilize the extra year of eligibility the NCAA is giving every present-day player across the country, then there’s no doubt the Duke basketball staff would welcome the former three-star recruit back for a fifth season.
And seeing that Goldwire would likely go undrafted this year, it’s not at all crazy to think the 6-foot-2, 185-pound defensive wizard out of Georgia really might come back and try to build on his current career-high averages of 6.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 2.5 steals in 29.0 minutes per contest.
Plus, consider the potential sheer joy from being a fifth-year leader on a loaded 2021-22 Duke basketball roster. Yes, all five promising freshmen who are still in town could return. The same goes for sophomore Wendell Moore and junior Joey Baker. Icing the cake, at least two elite 2021 five-stars are on the way in forwards AJ Griffin and Paolo Banchero.
Add to all that the fact all 2021-22 student-athletes should be able to profit — to an extent, anyway — from their name, image, and likeness (NIL). Yes, depending on how that shakes out, Goldwire could actually net more dollars by sticking around in Durham and serving an important role in a nationally spotlighted title run.
Now, factor in the likely return of fans to the stands.
Taking into account all of the above, when Duke (11-8, 9-6 ACC) hosts Louisville (12-5, 7-4 ACC) at 6 p.m. Saturday, the game may not actually be the last in Cameron Indoor Stadium for Goldwire.
Duke basketball combo guard hinting at a return?
Looking close at one of Jordan Goldwire’s quotes to the media this week, it seems the door is open in his mind regarding another season:
“It’s been a crazy year, but this is our last home game…and I am a senior, so it definitely has come across my mind that it could possibly be my last game.”
Possibly? Well, there are no more home games on the schedule after Saturday, and it looks as if the NIT and NCAA Tournament will take place elsewhere.
Goldwire’s “possibly” in the above quote sure does suggest “possibly coming back.”
That could also be true for Mike Buckmire, a fellow fourth-year guard who has provided encouragement from the sidelines while primarily seeing the court only in practice and warmups.
Even grad transfer Patrick Tape, who nowadays hangs with Buckmire and the walk-ons at the end of Duke’s bench, could choose to stay despite this being his fifth year in college.
Therefore, thank the seniors with the understanding there might be a chance to thank them again — and hopefully with Cameron Crazies on hand — around this time next year.
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