Just a few hours after point guard Tre Jones officially announced he's leaving for the NBA Draft, Duke is set to lose yet another piece of its 2019-20 backcourt.
According to a report from 247Sports' Evan Daniels, junior shooting guard Alex O'Connell is transferring for his final year of college eligibility. O'Connell released a statement on Twitter shortly after Daniels announced the news.
O'Connell came to Durham as a four-star recruit in the Class of 2017 with a sweet shooting touch and surprising athleticism. The Georgia native had a successful freshman campaign, knocked down 48.9 percent of his threes, but that number dropped to 37.5 percent in 2018-19 before falling to a mere 27.3 percent this past season.
With five-star recruit DJ Steward coming in, Joey Baker likely returning for his junior season and the Blue Devils awaiting a potential commitment from Harvard grad-transfer Seth Towns, Duke's rotation was looking crowded for next season.
The Athletic's Sam Vecenie also noted that while O'Connell is listed in the transfer portal, he is not listed as a graduate transfer, meaning he will likely have to sit out a season before playing with his new team.