Duke basketball fills final open scholarship

Duke basketball at Cameron Indoor Stadium (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball at Cameron Indoor Stadium (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Duke basketball program has filled its final vacant scholarship ahead of the season. 

There had been a lot of speculation over the offseason if the Duke basketball program would fill its final scholarship vacancy.

Talk raged about players in the transfer portal that could be of interest to head coach Jon Scheyer and potentially dipping back into the recruiting waters for a player eligible to reclassify or try and land a prospect who had decommitted from another school.

None of that happened, however, Duke is filling its final scholarship.

In a video released on social media on Thursday afternoon, Scheyer is electing to give walk-on Spencer Hubbard a scholarship for his senior season.

“I shouted out some of you guys,” Scheyer said in the video following practice. “But I left out one person.”


“A guy who has done an incredible job for us. He’s shown up every day, he’s been for years at a time. And he’s as competitive as anybody,” he added.

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Hubbard, a 5-foot-8 guard from Los Angeles, has played in a total of just six games in his Duke career and scored his lone career point on a free throw during the 2021-22 season against Elon.

“He pisses you guys off more going against him in practice and I just want you guys to know he’s not going to be a walk-on anymore. That’s Spencer Hubbard.”

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Chaos ensued in the Duke practice facility as his teammates nearly trampled him.

That’s what college sports are all about.

Spencer Hubbard was a practice player for the Blue Devils during his freshman season before being elevated to a walk-on prior to his sophomore year.

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Hubbard was able to get into a postseason game last year in Duke’s quarterfinal victory against Pittsburgh during the ACC Tournament, which was eventually won by the Blue Devils.

Duke will certainly look to get its newest scholarship player on the court more often this year when the season begins on November 6 against Dartmouth.

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