Duke basketball roster: Joey Baker enters transfer portal
Joey Baker’s Duke basketball career, which started earlier than expected, included his burnt red shirt late in his freshman season and saw him as team captain last season come to a head. end.
Fayetteville’s 6-6 reserve forward enters his name into the transfer portal so that after completing his graduation work this summer, he can use his final season of eligibility in another school, Duke announced Wednesday.
“My four years at Duke have meant the world to me,” Baker said in a statement provided by Duke Athletics. “I’ve grown tremendously as a player, a teammate and most importantly as a person. The experiences I’ve been part of will be memories I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life. The relationships I’ve built here are more meaningful than I could ever express, and the lessons have made me a better man. I want to thank everyone in the program, but especially Coach K and our coaching staff, for helping to make the past four years the best experience possible. You have all influenced me in ways that few could understand. It will be an honor to graduate from Duke this summer and I look forward to what’s next of my career.
The NCAA has set a May 1 deadline for players to access the portal and be immediately eligible for next season, even if they have not chosen a new school by that date. Baker enters his name after that deadline, so he will have to apply for a waiver in order to play next season.
Baker played 34 games last season as Duke went 32-7, won the ACC regular season championship and reached the Final Four. He averaged 4.5 points per game.
He played in all three of Duke’s ACC Tournament games, including the title game’s 82-67 loss to Virginia Tech. But, after playing five minutes when the Blue Devils beat Cal State Fullerton, 78-61, in the NCAA Tournament’s first round game, Baker did not play again.
In April, Duke announced that Baker had undergone hip surgery, but he planned to return to play for the Blue Devils next season as a graduate student.
Duke, however, is trying to add another perimeter player as AJ Green, the two-time Missouri Valley Conference player of the year in northern Iowa, heads to campus on Wednesday as a possible transfer. . Additionally, 6-4 guard Trevor Keels has entered his name in the NBA draft and is at the scouting combine in Chicago this week while maintaining the possibility of returning to Duke.
“It’s been an absolute pleasure to have Joey and his family in our program for the past four years,” said Mike Krzyzewski, Duke’s coach for 42 years before his scheduled retirement last month. “He has been a joy to coach and an excellent leader for our young men. I am thrilled that he is graduating from one of the greatest institutions in the world and wish him all the best. Any program will be lucky to have it.
In 2018, Baker graduated a year early from Trinity Christian School in Fayetteville to enroll at Duke. He was on track for redshirt in the 2018-19 season but, at the end of February, Krzyzewski and the coaching staff decided his game in practice had been strong enough that they wanted to use him in games.
Baker made his college debut playing five minutes on Feb. 23, 2019, when Duke defeated Syracuse, 75-65. At the time, he said he was fully on board with the decision to burn off his redshirt season.
As it turns out, he played a total of 18 minutes in four games that season as the Blue Devils, led by Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett, won the ACC Championship and advanced to the Premier League. NCAA Tournament Elite Eight with a 32-6 record.
Baker played in 27 games, with three starts, in 2019-20 and 23 games, with one start, in his junior season in 2020-21. For his career, he averaged 4.1 points per game over 88 games while making 39.4% of his shots, including 37.9% of his 3-point shots.
Krzyzewski’s grandson, Michael Savarino, registered his name on the transfer portal in April to play as a graduate transfer elsewhere next season.
This story was originally published May 18, 2022 2:19 p.m.