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Duke Basketball Coaches Putting Full-Court Press on Memphis Transfer Tarik Black


Tarik Black, Memphis

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Duke’s post rotation is looking pretty bare at the moment with the graduation of Mason Plumlee and the recent foot surgery on his brother, Marshall. Mike Krzyzewski and Co. know this and are being proactive about it by putting the full-court press on fifth-year transfer big man Tarik Black of Memphis.

This information came courtesy of CBSSports’ Gary Parrish who tweeted the information on Wednesday afternoon.

In his three years at Memphis Black, a 6-foot-9 forward/center, averaged 9.3 points and 4.9 rebounds in what was a fairly consistent career. At no point did Black average less than 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds, peaking in 2011-12 when he averaged 10.7 points and 4.9 rebounds.

Black makes a ton of sense for a Blue Devils roster that is suddenly quite threadbare at the post position. He would be the obvious choice at center with MP3′s status for the coming season somewhat in question and would likely be paired with freshman Jabari Parker in the front court.

This situation is still very fluid, however, as a new favorite seems to emerge every day. With very few impact big guys available to play immediately — either through transfer or as freshmen — Black is the best available and will be treated as such in the coming days and weeks.

As of now Duke’s forward rotation consists of Marshall Plumlee, Josh Hairston, Amile Jefferson, Jabari Parker and Alex Murphy with the latter two being more perimeter-oriented athletes. Adding Black would give them a proven post presence to pair with those athletic options.

Jimmy is the editor-in-chief for Duke Report. He was previously the lead writer for his own Duke blog, Devils in Durham, before joining Duke Report. You can also find his work on Rush the Court's ACC microsite. You can find him on Twitter at @jimmykelley_.

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