Duke basketball: Mike Krzyzewski’s grandson finds new home

Former Duke basketball guard Michael Savarino (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)
Former Duke basketball guard Michael Savarino (Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports) /

A Duke basketball transfer has officially found a new home. 

It is off to the Big Apple for Duke basketball transfer Michael Savarino as the grandson of Mike Krzyzewski has committed to New York University.

Savarino made the announcement on Monday evening on social media.

It should not come as a surprise that the 6-foot, 185-pound guard is making the jump to the prestigious NYU as he was presented with the Dr. Deryl Hart Award at Duke’s end of the season banquet last, which is given to the top scholar-athlete on the team.

Savarino was also presented with the Elite 90 Academic Recognition Award by the NCAA, which recognizes the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade point average participating at the Final Four.

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Michael Savarino will be a graduate transfer for the Violets and averaged 2.3 minutes and 1.1 points per game this season after seeing the floor in 11 games for the Blue Devils this season.

Savarino is the son of Debbie Krzyzewski Savarino, the oldest daughter of Mike Krzyzewski.

The grandson of Coach K was a walk-on for the Blue Devils in his first two seasons and was awarded a scholarship for what would be his final season with the program.

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The Durham, North Carolina native did not see the floor during his freshman season and only logged four total minutes across two games as a sophomore, but was able to earn 25 total minutes in the final season his grandfather spent as the head coach of Duke.

Michael Savarino attempted 11 shots in his Duke career, ten coming from 3-point range, and made four shots from beyond the arc.

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NYU, a Division III program, posted a 14-11 (4-10 University Athletic Association Conference) record last season.

The Violets did not have a former Division I player on its roster last season.

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