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

Northwestern center Ryan Young hits Iowa forward Keegan Murray, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, February 28, 2022, in Iowa City, Iowa.

Northwestern center Ryan Young hits Iowa forward Keegan Murray, left, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, February 28, 2022, in Iowa City, Iowa.


The college basketball free agency period is in full swing, and Duke, North Carolina and North Carolina have been affected.

The NCAA transfer portal is where players looking for a new home connect with schools seeking their services.

With over 1,400 players entering their names into the portal, The News and Observer Sports Team will follow the comings and goings of the three ACC schools here. This story will be updated regularly as the Blue Devils, Tar Heels, and Wolfpack add players or see their players put their names to the NCAA transfer portal.

The deadline for players to enter their names on the portal is May 1. But players still in the gate after May 1 can continue to choose their new schools and transfers.

Garrison Brooks of North Carolina, left, and Kobe White defend against Harvard’s Kale Catchings (24) during a game in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. Jerry Broome AP


The Blue Devils have seen one player enter the transfer gate, have added one transfer and are currently in contact with another player who may come to Duke for next season.

on the way out –

Michael Savarino, goalkeeper: The 6-foot-tall Savarino, who is the grandson of Mike Krzyzewski, was a Duke-walker after his high school career at Durham Academy. After two years in this role from 2019-21, Savarino was awarded a scholarship for the 2021-22 season. He played in 11 games last season. He’s on track to complete his Duke degree this summer and is looking to move to a smaller program where he can compete for playtime.

on my way –

Kale Catchings, forward: After four seasons playing with Tommy Amaker at Harvard, the Catchings have one season of eligibility remaining due to NCAA COVID-19 guidelines. With the Ivy League not allowing alumni to continue playing, he announced Tuesday that he will use his final season to play for the Duke. The 6-6, 220-pound competitor, from O’Fallon, Missouri in suburban St. Louis, started 24 games for Harvard last season, averaging 9.1 points and four rebounds.

Duke arrives at a solid basketball pedigree. His aunt is women’s basketball star Tamika Catchings, a former Tennessee and WNBA star. Kaley’s grandfather is Harvey Catchings, who played in the NBA from 1974 to 1985.

potential client who can reach –

Ryan Young, center: The 6-10-pound, 240-pound Young, formerly of Northwestern, is scheduled to visit the Duke University campus on Thursday. He averaged nine points and 4.2 rebounds in 31 games last season as a junior with the Wildcats, playing 17.1 minutes per game as a reserve. Young scored 20 points twice last season in games against High Point and Fairley Dickinson. But his most impressive performance came on Jan. 15 when he scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Northwestern’s 64-62 win at Michigan State.

Young entered the transfer portal on March 24 and had two years of eligibility left. Duke is looking for another seasoned player to fill the role Theo John played behind Mark Williams last season. This seems appropriate.

North Carolina

Wolfpack has seen three of its players enter the transfer portal and the program has received commitments from players coming to NC State for next season.

on the way out –

Manny Pets, Center: He missed the entirety of last season after sustaining a shoulder injury during the North Carolina State season opener on November 9.

Cam Hayes, guard: He committed to playing for LSU next season. The 6-3, 180-pound Hayes averaged seven points and 2.1 assists last season for Wolfpack as a sophomore.

Gaylon Gibson, striker: After playing in 17 games as a freshman last season at Wolfpack, averaging 0.8 points and 0.9 rebounds per game, the 6-10, 220-pound Gibson hasn’t committed to fresh school since entering the gate.

on my way –

Jarkel Joiner, keeper: Joyner, a native of Oxford, Mississippi, has played the past four seasons in Mississippi. The 6-1 goalkeeper, who has committed to joining NC State this summer, scored 13.2 points per game while scoring 41% of his shots for the Rebels last season. It averaged double digits in scoring all four seasons with Mississippi.

Mississippi goalkeeper Jarquel Joyner (24) gets fouled by Auburn forward Jaylene Williams (2) while climbing into a stand during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, February 23, 2022, in Auburn, Ala. AP

Jack Clark, keeper: At LaSalle last season, Clark averaged 6-8 12 points and 5.8 rebounds per game when he was young. He committed to NC State and gave Wolfpack a much-needed goal-scoring threat.

North Carolina

on the way out –

Dawson Garcia, striker: The 6-11, 235-pound Garcia left UNC during the season, citing a family medical condition. He has committed to playing for 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, The Guardian: Originally from Virginia Tech in 2019, Harris 6-4 came to UNC instead but tore the ACL in his right knee in a game in December 2019 as a freshman. He played in 16 games during the 2020-21 season but only 14 games last season.

This story was originally published April 26, 2022, 1:00 p.m.

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Steve Wiseman has covered Duke Athletics since 2010 for the Durham Herald Sun and Rally News & Observer. He placed second in both news writing and breaking news in the 2019 National Associated Press Sports Editors Competition. Steve has previously worked for The State (Columbia, SC), Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, SC), The Sun Herald (Biloxi, Miss.), Charlotte Observer and Hickory (NC) Daily Record covering tunes including the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints, University of South Carolina Athletics and Supreme Committee General Assembly. He has won several statewide press union awards. Steve graduated from Illinois State University in 1989.