In a surprise turn, Duke striker Joey Baker could be made at Durham.
Baker will enter the transfer gate, according to a team statement Wednesday afternoon. Duke previously announced in April that its 2021-22 captain underwent postseason hip surgery and would return for his fifth season in a Blue Devil uniform under new head coach Jon Scheyer.
“My four years at Duke have meant the world to me,” Baker said in Wednesday’s statement. “I’ve grown tremendously as a player, a teammate and most importantly as a person. The experiences I’ve been part of will be memories I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life. The relationships I’ve built here are more meaningful than I could ever express, and the lessons have made me a better man. I want to thank everyone in the program, but especially Coach K and our coaching staff, for helping to make the past four years the best experience possible. You have all influenced me in ways that few could understand. It will be an honor to graduate from Duke this summer and I look forward to what’s next of my career.
News of Baker’s decision comes after the May 1 NCAA transfer portal deadline, which means Baker will need to get a waiver in order to play in the 2022-23 season for a program other than the Blue Devils. The Fayetteville, North Carolina native plans to complete his political science degree at Duke this summer before leaving for a new program.
Baker averaged 4.5 points on 40.5% 3-point shooting in his senior season while serving alongside junior forward Wendell Moore Jr. as team captain.
“It has been an absolute pleasure to have Joey and his family on our program for the past four years,” former head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in Wednesday’s statement. “He has been a joy to coach and an excellent leader for our young men. I am thrilled that he is graduating from one of the greatest institutions in the world and wish him all the best. Any program will be lucky to have it.
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Jonathan Levitan is a Trinity junior and sports editor of the 118th volume of The Chronicle.