In one of the busiest offseasons in program history, possibly the final card has fallen in Duke’s favor.
Former Illinois and Holy Cross wing Jacob Grandison announced Saturday afternoon via Instagram that he will be joining the Blue Devils for the 2022-23 season as a graduate transfer.
The 6-foot-6 wing announced he would be withdrawing from the NBA draft May 29 and entered the transfer portal two days later. He visited Durham Thursday and picked Duke over nine other programs, including Kentucky, Arizona, Michigan and UCLA.
The Oakland, Calif., native may just be the final piece to boost both veteran leadership and outside shooting on a team that includes seven freshmen.
Grandison played two years at both of his previous schools, and he finished off his career in Champaign, Ill., with 7.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game and hit 41.0% of his 3-pointers on 4.5 attempts per game in 2021-22.
Grandison, who was a regular in the Illinois rotation and started in 39 of his 60 games there, was limited into the postseason due to a shoulder sprain, only logging 13 minutes in the Fighting Illini’s two NCAA tournament games. Illinois head coach Brad Underwood said that the 24-year-old would require surgery during the offseason.
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Micah Hurewitz is a Trinity junior and a sports managing editor of The Chronicle's 118th volume.