Triangle NCAA Transfer Portal Updates: UNC, Duke, NC State

North Carolina's Garrison Brooks, left, and Coby White defend against Harvard's Kale Catchings (24) during a game in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

North Carolina’s Garrison Brooks, left, and Coby White defend against Harvard’s Kale Catchings (24) during a game in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

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College basketball’s free agency period is in full swing, and Duke, North Carolina and NC State are all affected.

The NCAA Transfer Portal is the place where players looking for a new home connect with schools looking for their services.

With more than 1,400 players who have entered their names on the portal, The News and Observer sports team will follow the comings and goings of the Triangle’s three ACC schools here. This story will be updated regularly as the Blue Devils, Tar Heels and Wolfpack add players or see their own players putting their names on the NCAA transfer portal.

Duke

The Blue Devils saw a player enter the transfer portal, added a transfer and are currently in contact with another player who may be coming to Duke next season.

In the exit –

Michael Savarino, guard: The 6-foot-1 Savarino, who is the grandson of Mike Krzyzewski, was a walk-on at Duke following his high school career at Durham Academy. After two years in that role from 2019-21, Savarino received a scholarship for the 2021-22 season. He played in 11 games last season. He is on track to complete his degree at Duke this summer and is looking to transfer to a smaller program where he can compete for game time.

On my way –

Kale Catchings, forward: After four seasons playing for Tommy Amaker at Harvard, Catchings has one season of eligibility remaining due to NCAA COVID-19 guidelines. As the Ivy League does not allow graduates to continue playing, he intends to play one more season. The 6-6, 220-pound Catchings of O’Fallon, Missouri in suburban St. Louis, started 24 games for Harvard last season, averaging 9.1 points and four rebounds.

Prospect who could be coming –

Ryan Young, center: The 6-10, 240-pound Young, formerly at Northwestern, is scheduled to visit the Duke campus this week. He averaged nine points and four rebounds in 30 games last season as a junior with the Wildcats, playing 17 minutes per game as a reserve. He joined the transfer portal on March 24 and has two years of eligibility left. Duke is looking for an experienced player to fill the role that Theo John played behind Mark Williams last season. That seems like a good fit.

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Mississippi point guard Jarkel Joiner (24) is fouled by Auburn forward Jaylin Williams (2) as he lays-up during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Feb. Auburn, Alabama. Butch Dill PAN

NC State

Wolfpack has seen three of its players join the transfer portal and the show has received appointments from two players who are coming to NC State for the upcoming season.

In the exit –

Manny Bates, center: Missed all of last season after sustaining a shoulder injury during NC State’s season opener on November 9.

Cam Hayes, guard: Committed to playing for LSU next season. The 6-3, 180-pound Hayes averaged seven points and 2.1 assists per game last season for the Wolfpack sophomore.

Jaylon Gibson, forward: After playing in 17 games as a Wolfpack rookie last season, averaging 0.8 points and 0.9 rebounds per game, the 6-10, 220-pound Gibson has yet to commit to a new school since joining the portal. .

On my way –

Jarkel Joiner, guard: An Oxford, Mississippi native, Joiner has played the last four seasons with Mississippi. The 6-1 point guard, who committed to joining NC State this summer, scored 13.2 points per game while hitting 41% of his shots for the Rebels last season. He averaged double figures in scoring all four seasons with Mississippi.

Jack Clark, guard: At LaSalle last season, Clark averaged 12 points and 5.8 rebounds per game as a junior. He’s committed to NC State and gives Wolfpack a much-needed perimeter scoring threat.

North Caroline

In the exit –

Dawson Garcia, forward: Garcia, 6-11 and 235 pounds, left the UNC squad for the season, citing a family medical situation. He is committed to playing in Minnesota next season, allowing him to return to his home state. He starred at Prior Lake High School in Savage, Minnesota before playing his freshman season at Marquette in 2020-21.

Anthony Harris, guard: Originally a Virginia Tech commitment in 2019, 6-4 Harris came to UNC but tore the ACL in his right knee in a December 2019 rookie game. He played in 16 games during the 2020-21 season, but only 14 last season.

This story was originally published April 26, 2022, 1 pm.

Steve Wiseman has covered Duke athletics since 2010 for the Durham Herald-Sun and Raleigh News & Observer. He took second place in beat writing and breaking news in the 2019 National Associated Press Sports Editors contest. Previously, Steve worked for The State (Columbia, SC), Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, SC), The Sun Herald ( Biloxi, Miss.), Charlotte Observer and Hickory (NC) Daily Record covering hits including the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints, University of South Carolina Athletics and the SC General Assembly. He has won several press association awards at the state level. Steve graduated from Illinois State University in 1989.

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