Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is keeping busy during college basketball’s hiatus.
The Blue Devils picked up another Ivy Leaguer after missing out on Harvard’s Seth Towns, as Columbia forward Patrick Tape announced he will play for Duke as a graduate transfer and will be eligible to play in the 2020-21 season, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
“It was really just being close to home and having my family come see me, the excellent tradition they have there, and the opportunity to play for the best coach of all time,” Tape told ESPN.
The Charlotte, N.C., native picked Duke over other ACC schools including Syracuse and Maryland, as well as USC and Ohio State.
Tape sat out the 2019-20 season with a toe injury that would have seen him miss the first few games of the season. Rather than miss a chunk of his senior season, Tape left the team to preserve his eligibility and completed his coursework to graduate.
At 6-foot-10, 220 pounds, Tape will help make up for the loss of big men Javin DeLaurier and Vernon Carey Jr., who is expected to leave for the NBA draft, after averaging 11.3 points and 5.9 rebounds in a breakout junior season in 2018-19. He is joined up front by incoming freshman Mark Williams for a Blue Devils team that will feature just two players 6-10 or taller.