Duke basketball senior guard Jordan Goldwire enters transfer portal

Duke basketball guard Jordan Goldwire (Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball guard Jordan Goldwire (Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports) /

Duke basketball senior guard Jordan Goldwire is entering the transfer portal. 

It was already known that Duke basketball senior Jordan Goldwire was not going to return to Durham for a fifth season.

He made that known via social media as did his coaches and teammates. However, the question then came down to would he be a graduate transfer elsewhere or try and play overseas, and the former is the correct answer.

As first reported by USA Today, the Duke basketball program confirmed that Goldwire will enter the transfer portal as a graduate transfer on Saturday afternoon with a statement from the guard and head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Jordan Goldwire came to Duke as a three-star recruit out of Norcross, Georgia. He was ranked as the No. 398 player in the Class of 2017, No. 88 shooting guard, and No. 25 player in the state of Georgia, according to the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.

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The 6-foot-2 guard was the last of his freshmen teammates to remain in Durham as Marvin Bagley, Wendell Carter, Trevon Duval, and Gary Trent Jr. all made the leap to the NBA after their freshmen seasons, Jordan Tucker transferred from Duke to Butler midway through his first season, and Alex O’Connell transferred to Creighton after his junior season.

As a senior, Goldwire averaged 5.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.3 steals per game before the season was cut short by COVID-19 in the ACC Tournament, and he was named to the ACC All-Defensive Team.

Duke basketball guard needed to leave Durham to achieve goals

As cruel as it might sound, Jordan Goldwire needed to leave Duke in order to achieve his goal of playing basketball at the next level.

In order to have a career as a professional overseas, he needs to show more of an offensive skillset that was only shown in spurts as a senior in Durham. As a defender, Goldwire is ready for the next level.

Other schools that were interested in Jordan Goldwire out of high school included Tulane, Long Island, Towson, Sienna, UNLV, Jackson State, Coastal Carolina, Arizona State, Mercer, and Hofstra.

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Goldwire certainly has the ability to play at a high-major program, but a mid-major might suit him best, where he can have the ball in his hands more and be a playmaker on offense.

Duke is also the current favorite to land five-star recruit Trevor Keels, who will be committing on April 4.

Freshman forward Jaemyn Brakefield also announced his intentions to enter the transfer portal this week.

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