Duke sophomore big man Chase Jeter intends to transfer following the spring semester. Jeter is a former 5-star high school prospect and will have to sit out one season per NCAA transfer rules.
Chase Jeter arrived at Duke as one of the most highly recruited high school prospects in the country, and the immense expectations seemed justified.
Jeter now will try to live up to them elsewhere. Duke announced on Thursday that Jeter intends to transfer following the spring semester and pursue his basketball career at another Division I school.
“Chase has been an outstanding young man in our program for the last two years,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. “He has been one of our top academic performers since he arrived on campus. Unfortunately, he was held back this season due to injury. We wish nothing but the absolute best for Chase and his family.”
Jeter started the first four games of his sophomore year this season, but he played only 16 games total after undergoing a procedure to repair a herniated disc. He did not play after going scoreless without a field goal attempt in 17 minutes of a loss at Louisville on Jan. 14.
The former 5-star prospect and Las Vegas native averaged 2.1 points in 48 games for the Blue Devils over the last two seasons. The 6-foot-10 big man played 32 as a true freshman but averaged only 7.9 minutes per game.
No matter his next destination, Jeter will have to sit out next season because of NCAA undergraduate transfer rules. It appears he’ll be headed back out West, with a strong possibility being UNLV.
“After careful consideration, I decided it would be best for me to transfer to a school closer to home,” Jeter said. “I’ve made long-lasting relationships (at Duke) and I want to thank my teammates and coaches for the support they’ve given me over the last two years.”
It’s the second loss in as many days for Duke after freshman Jayson Tatum declared for the NBA Draft.