Duke basketball lands Columbia graduate transfer center Patrick Tape to bolster frontcourt

He is a Charlotte, North Carolina, native, which will make enrolling at Duke a homecoming of sorts.

But his interior game could add needed depth if the Blue Devils' leading scorer Vernon Carey Jr. declares for the NBA Draft after averaging 17.8 points per game as a freshman this season.

Duke is also adding two power forwards and a center as part of its 2020 recruiting class, which is ranked second nationally by 247Sports .

Collectively, the addition of heft should shore up Duke's front line, which struggled at times this past season, especially when Carey checked out.

His emergence as a junior followed two seasons spent as a role player for the Lions.

Prior to his breakout season, he averaged just 4.4 points per game as a sophomore and 3.6 as a freshman.

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