Duke basketball: 5 players to target in the transfer portal

Duke basketball head coach Jon Scheyer (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
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Former Kansas State guard and potential Duke basketball target Nijel Pack (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) /

Ideal Duke basketball transfer target: Nijel Pack (G – Kansas State)

One area that Duke basketball can improve on for next season is perimeter shooting. That need has already been addressed slightly with the return of Joey Baker and incoming freshman Jaden Schutt.

However, shooting remains a concern. And perhaps nobody is a better fit to address that need than Kansas State guard Nijel Pack.

Pack, a 6-foot sophomore guard, earned First Team All-Big 12 honors this past season. He averaged 17.4 points per game and shot 43.6 percent from beyond the arc.

He has already heard from Duke and several other schools, such as Purdue, Ohio State, Tennessee, and Miami.

An elite shooter who can still score from all three levels, Pack could serve as a fantastic replacement for Trevor Keels if he declares for the draft.

The only drawback would lie in the fact that both Pack and Roach are smaller guards, which could serve as a liability on the defensive side of the ball.

From a recruiting standpoint, the Blue Devils might possess a unique advantage.

While Jon Scheyer was a standout at Glenbrook North High School (Ill.), his coach was none other than Bruce Weber’s brother. Bruce Weber was Pack’s coach at Kansas State before resigning in March.

While Pack has yet to visit Duke, he remains an intriguing name to watch as one of the top overall players in the portal. The Blue Devils can certainly make a push to bring him to Durham.