3 Transfers Duke Should Target Following Mark Mitchell News

Duke star sophomore Mark Mitchell is leaving ahead of next season. Here are three candidates in the transfer portal to replace him.
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What is a more pressing need is more frontcourt depth. The way it looks like, Duke's frontcourt rotation will mostly consist of inexperienced freshmen, now that Filipowski, Mitchell, and Ryan Young are gone.

Either someone on the current roster will take a significant step forward, or Duke needs to get a big man off the transfer portal. And there isn't a more intriguing big man there than Robbie Avila of Indiana State.

Robbie Avila took the basketball world by storm with his highlight reels on social media. His unorthodox style of play, soft touch, and passing ability resembling Nikola Jokic raised plenty of eyebrows across the country. His all-around offensive game, combined with his size, makes him a fascinating option for Duke as a transfer.

Avila's outside-the-box play style may look odd but it's incredibly effective. He is much more than his highlights. He is actually a very productive offensive player, having averaged 17.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists per game in 31.2 minutes per appearance.

He helped lead Indiana State to a 32-7 record and made it to the NIT championship game where they dropped a nail-biter game to Seton Hall. Avila had dropped back-to-back 20-point games in the quarterfinals and semifinals to carry his team to one of its best finishes in school history.

His ability to be an offensive hub and direct the ball from the top of the key or in the post makes Avila an excellent fit next to Cooper Flagg and Khaman Maluach. That three-headed monster of a frontcourt would provide Jon Scheyer with plenty of offensive versatility and firepower.

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