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Duke among list of candidates for graduate transfer guard

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Villanova transfer guard Dylan Ennis has narrowed his list of potential destinations to eight with national champion Duke making the cut.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN first reported the remaining candidates: Baylor, Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, LSU, Oregon, Purdue and Tennessee. Ennis, who began his career at Rice, announced earlier this month that he would transfer from Villanova after graduating this spring. He is eligible to play next season.

The Blue Devils are obviously the most intriguing team on the list. Aside from being the reigning national champion, Duke is heading into the 2015-16 season without a point guard on the roster. Tyus Jones, the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, declared for the 2015 NBA Draft on Wednesday. Duke and Louisville are both in pursuit of 2016 point guard Derryck Thornton, attempting to convince the five-star recruit to reclassify to the Class of 2015.

Ennis’ reason for transferring was the desire to play point guard in a full-time role, something that wasn’t going to change with Ryan Arcidiacono and Jalen Brunson in the back court for the Wildcats next season.

Baylor and Oregon, like Duke, were slotted in College Basketball Talk‘s Way-Too-Early Top 25 rankings. Baylor will be without the services of point guard Kenny Chery while Oregon will have several scoring options despite Joseph Young graduating. LSU and Purdue were also considered for the early rankings with the Tigers bringing in freshmen Ben Simmons and Antonio Blakeney. The Boilermakers tapped into the graduate transfer market last fall to get Jon Octeus.

Ennis averaged 9.9 points, 3.7 boards and 3.5 assists per game as a junior.

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