Duke basketball: Jon Scheyer adds major depth piece to bench

Duke basketball transfer Neal Begovich (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
Duke basketball transfer Neal Begovich (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /

The Duke basketball team added a piece to the back of its bench on Wednesday afternoon. 

It’s vert clear that the Duke basketball team is looking to add pieces to its front court but the program landed a transfer that no one really expected.

Stanford forward Neal Begovich announced his commitment to the Blue Devils on Wednesday.

It took a lot by surprise but do not expect to see Begovich on the court took over for the 5-time National Champions this winter.

The 6-foot-9 forward played in just 18 games for the Cardinal during his four seasons and made two starts, both coming this season.

However, Begovich averaged 2.7 minutes, 0.9 points, and 0.7 rebounds per game over his career.

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The addition is similar to Max Johns and Kale Catchings last season in which both players showed ability at their previous schools, Princeton and Harvard, but did not see much time on the floor with Duke.

Duke basketball still looking for help in paint

Duke is still looking to add a rim protector to compliment Ryan Young next season after Dereck Lively II left the program after one season to enter the 2023 NBA Draft.

Dariq Whitehead also announced his intentions to leave the Blue Devils for the draft while point guard Jeremy Roach entered the draft but is maintaining his eligibility.

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Jon Scheyer and his coaching staff were very interested in Virginia transfer Kaden Schedrick before he committed to Texas and have been linked to Utah Valley transfer Aziz Bandaogo, although it’s unclear whether he would be immediately eligible since this will be his second transfer.

Kyle Filipowski will return to the Blue Devils for his sophomore season but the ACC Freshman of the Year is much more comfortable playing his natural position at power forward rather than trying to play as a small-ball center, although it could help Duke space the floor offensively.

Duke also has the No. 2 recruiting class coming to campus this center in 5-star prospects Caleb Foster, Jared McCain, TJ Power, and Sean Stewart.

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