Duquesne point guard Brandon Wade has entered the NCAA transfer portal, a source told Pittsburgh Sports Now.
Wade, a 6-foot-2 guard from Ann Arbor, Michigan, just finished his freshman season at Duquesne. He averaged one point, 0.8 assists and 0.7 rebounds per game in 27 games in his first collegiate season. Wade played primarily as a backup behind fellow freshmen Sincere Carry and Lamar Norman.
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He will have to sit out one season and then have three years of eligibility remaining if he transfers to another Division I institution, unless he is able to secure a waiver. Wade is also eligible to go to a junior college, which would keep him from having to sit out.
Duquesne should still have a good amount of guard depth, with Carry and Norman joined by Tavian Dunn-Martin and Frankie Hughes in the backcourt. The top prospect in Duquesne’s recruiting class of 2019, three-star Kennedy Catholic star Maceo Austin, is also a guard.
If Wade does transfer from Duquesne, he will join Eric Williams Jr. as the second player to leave the Dukes following the 2018-19 season. Guard Mike Lewis II transferred to Nevada in the middle of the season.
A player entering their name in the transfer portal does not guarantee that they will transfer, but gives other schools permission to contact the player.
Guard Tarin Smith (Connecticut) and forwards Nicholas Kratholm (Longwood), Marko Krivacevic (IUP) and Tydus Verhoeven (UTEP) left Duquesne after Keith Dambrot’s first season.
The Dukes finished the 2018-19 season with a 19-13 record, the Dukes’ best record since 2010-11.