Duke basketball: Rival’s transfer center at top of Jon Scheyer’s wish list

Duke basketball transfer target Kadin Shedrick (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Duke basketball transfer target Kadin Shedrick (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) /

The Duke basketball team has its biggest remaining task still on its wish list. 

Kyle Filipowski’s return to the Duke basketball team is the biggest domino to fall in the offseason for the program and it leaves Jon Scheyer with one major duty left this spring and that’s to land a impact center.

There is a void in the middle for the Blue Devils with the departure of Dereck Lively II to the NBA Draft and Scheyer has already hosted Virginia transfer center Kadin Shedrick on the visit to Durham.

Shedrick, a 6-foot-11 standout who would have two years remaining of eligibility, has narrowed his list of suitors down to Duke, Kansas State, Missouri, Texas, and Xavier.

The Holly Springs, North Carolina native played in just 11 games during his freshman season for the Cavaliers but over the last two years he played in 65 games, starting 34 contests.

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Kadin Shedrick averaged 6.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game this season for Virginia in just 17.5 minutes but posted 6.9 points 5.1 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks a season ago.

Shedrick played in just seven minutes of Virginia’s overtime victory against Duke in the regular season because of foul trouble but logged 19 minutes in the ACC Tournament Championship and finished with five points and seven rebounds.

Duke basketball rotation becoming more clear

Kyle Filipowski’s return, and the departure of Mackenzie Mgbako from Duke’s recruiting class, means that he will spend a majority of his time at the power forward position while the Blue Devils try and add another piece around returning center Ryan Young.

Young, in his final year of eligibility, was a quality piece for Duke coming off the bench and filled in as a starter during the injury to Dereck Lively.

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The Blue Devils will likely start Tyrese Proctor at point guard and Mark Mitchell at small forward while the other guard spot is dependent on the draft decision of Jeremy Roach, who still is remaining his eligibility, and one of the talented freshmen of Caleb Foster and Jared McCain.

The remaining roster movement is expected to be minimal but an impact center will definitely be coming to Cameron Indoor Stadium next season.

It could very well be Kadin Shedrick.

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