Duke basketball players react to the transfer decision of Jaemyn Brakefield

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Duke basketball players reacted to the transfer of freshman forward Jaemyn Brakefield. 

News became official on Wednesday evening that Duke basketball freshman forward Jaemyn Brakefield would transfer from Durham, and his teammates reacted to the news on social media.

Brakefield leaving the Blue Devils does not come as a surprise considering his lack of playing time throughout the season, specifically just playing a combined eight minutes in two blowout victories in the ACC Tournament.

When given the opportunity, Brakefield showed he was capable of positively impacting the team, but it would have been another battle for playing time as a sophomore with Duke bringing in a talented freshman forward tandem as well as its returning players.

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Jaemyn Brakefield played in 22 games with the Blue Devils, starting two, and averaged 12.5 minutes, 3.5 points, and 2.5 rebounds per game while shooting 40.8-percent from the floor and 31.4-percent from three-point range.

The 6-foot-8 forward released the following statement upon his entry into the transfer portal:


Brakefield entered Duke with the freshman class of Jalen Johnson, DJ Steward, Jeremy Roach, Mark Williams, and Henry Coleman.

Duke basketball players react to Jaemyn Brakefield’s decision

DJ Steward, Mark Williams, and Henry Coleman all reacted to Brakefield’s decision to transfer on Twitter.



Duke was a slight favorite in the end to land Jaemyn Brakefield over the Kentucky Wildcats, but the Huntington Prep (WV) star had many suitors, such as Kansas, Michigan State, Louisville, Alabama, Michigan, and many others.

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Brakefield was a four-star recruit, ranked as the No. 42 overall player in the Class of 2020, No. 6 power forward, and No. 1 player in the state of West Virginia, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.

Jaemyn Brakefield now has the ability to transfer to an ACC school after the conference eliminated the intraconference transfer rule on March 15 and put it into place effective immediately.

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