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 Stanford forward and potential Duke basketball target Jaiden Delaire (Photo by Rebecca Noble/Getty Images) /

Ideal Duke basketball transfer target: Jaiden Delaire (F – Stanford)

As it stands, Duke basketball will be lacking some forward depth if everyone declares for the NBA Draft as expected.

Outside of fifth-year senior Joey Baker and incoming freshman Mark Mitchell, the backup forward spots are largely wide open, especially for a guy who could also play down low.

That is why Jaiden Delaire would be a prime target for the Blue Devils to go out and grab.

The 6-foot-9 forward, who played four seasons at Stanford, started his last two years with the Cardinal while averaging double-digit points.

Delaire would provide some much-needed size and length off the bench, as well as the ability to score both down low and out on the perimeter.

While not being the flashiest name or the most productive guy in the portal, getting a guy like Delaire, who has plenty of experience and would be able to thrive within his role, could be vital for this Duke basketball team.

Currently, Delaire has entered his name into the NBA Draft. But if he were to come back for a fifth collegiate season, which is expected, he could be an important addition to championship-contending teams.

Delaire is from the East Coast, so he may be looking to come closer to home for his last year. Also, he certainly possesses the academic standard that Duke looks for in transfers, having gone through four years at Stanford.

Having Delaire come to Durham and play a leadership role would be great for this Duke team.