Duke basketball portal: Charlotte transfer hears from Blue Devils

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The Duke basketball staff has reached out to a nearby transfer guard.

Charlotte junior Jahmir Young recently entered the transfer portal after logging career-highs with 19.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game for the 2021-22 49ers (17-14, 10-8 Conference USA). This week, the 6-foot-2 sturdy floor general told 247Sports insider Dushawn London that Duke basketball is among those who have expressed interest in his services.

Young ranked No. 235 on the 247Sports 2019 Composite as a three-star prep out of DeMatha (Md.). But the 21-year-old, who has also put his name in the NBA Draft while keeping his eligibility intact, sits No. 10 on the latest SI.com ranking of available transfers.

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That lofty ranking is no surprise considering Young was a three-year full-time starter at Charlotte and the fact he has never put up anything less than a double-digit scoring average in college. He twice took home All-Conference USA First Team honors.

Perhaps the only real knock on Young’s game is that he shot only 34.1 percent from downtown last season. On the other hand, he knocked down an impressive 89.2 percent of his free throws.

Heavy competition should Duke basketball enter the race

The Blue Devils are not the only ones who have Jahmir Young on their radar. Per his chat with Dushawn London, that list of interested parties is rather long: Cincinnati, George Mason, Georgetown, Gonzaga, Iona, Kansas, Kansas State, Maryland, Miami, Minnesota, SMU, South Carolina, UConn, Villanova, and Wake Forest.

It’s worth noting Young once played on the same AAU squad as Duke point guard Jeremy Roach, who seems likely to return to Durham as a junior.

Finally, Jahmir Young informed London that he has no timetable for choosing his next destination but is looking for a winning culture. Since he has never transferred before, he can play right away next season, no matter where he winds up.

Thus far, there are no reports of Blue Devil offers to the ever-growing crop of available transfers.

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