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Duke lands Illinois transfer Jacob Grandison

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Mar 3, 2022; Champaign, Illinois, USA;  Illinois Fighting Illini guard/forward Jacob Grandison (3) loses control of the ball in front of Penn State Nittany Lions forward Seth Lundy (1) during the first half at State Farm Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Ron Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois graduate transfer Jacob Grandison will play his final season of college basketball at Duke, he announced Saturday via social media.

“It became clear that I fit with the vision that coach (Jon) Scheyer has for Duke basketball,” Grandison said in an interview with On3. “I’m an elite passer to anyone. I’m a shooter and I space the floor. I’m an elite cutter and I’ve proven myself to be a great decision maker. I’m poised under pressure and I play to win. Duke is winning.”

The 6-foot-6 wing played two seasons at Illinois after two seasons at Holy Cross. He is a native of Oakland, Calif.

With the Fighting Illini last season, Grandison started 23 times in his 30 appearances, averaging 9.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He made 41 percent of his shots from beyond the 3-point line.

In two seasons at Illinois (in addition to a redshirt season), he played in 60 games (39 starts), averaging 7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

At Holy Cross, he started 50 of the 64 games he appeared in, averaging 11.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

Grandison, who had also Kentucky, Michigan, Arizona and UCLA, will be one of 10 new faces for Scheyer and the Blue Devils, who lost five players to the NBA draft following the retirement of longtime coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Duke’s incoming freshman class is rated No. 1 in the nation, with four of the seven members listed by 247Sports composite as five-star prospects.

–Field Level Media