Duke men's basketball forward TJ Power commits to Virginia through transfer portal

TJ Power shoots a free throw against Bucknell in November.
TJ Power shoots a free throw against Bucknell in November.

After entering the transfer portal in April, freshman forward TJ Power announced on Instagram that he is committing to Virginia. 


Power’s time with the Blue Devils was limited in production, as the Shrewsbury, Mass., native averaged only 6.7 minutes and 2.1 points per game, while shooting 33.3% from the field and 35.7% from three in 26 games this past season. 

While Power’s numbers may have not been particularly impressive, many fans had hoped the 6-foot-9 forward would develop into an important player for the Blue Devils over the course of four years in Durham. Power is undoubtedly an extremely adept 3-point shooter whose performances are due to pick up with increased playing time and a better chance to adjust to the college game. His best performance came in Duke’s early season encounter against La Salle, in which the 2023 4-star recruit converted on 3-of-4 3-point attempts to score nine points in just five minutes of action. 

Power’s departure comes as a surprise considering he only spent one year with the Blue Devils and displayed the potential to become an important player for the team. However, head coach Jon Scheyer’s incoming recruiting class is loaded with talent in the frontcourt, led by consensus No. 1 overall recruit Cooper Flagg, so it makes sense that Power may have wanted a better shot at seeing more consistent minutes on the court. 

Power will face his former team next season, as Virginia hosts Duke at John Paul Jones arena. 

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