Black checks out Duke during transfer process
Duke made a pitch to land big man Tarik Black on Monday.
Black (6-9, 260), who is transferring after three seasons at Memphis, made an on-campus visit at Duke where he met with the Blue Devils’ coaching staff and toured the campus.
Black is eligible to play immediately under the NCAA’s graduate transfer rule since he has completed his undergraduate degree from Memphis.
Duke’s coaches, including Mike Krzyzewski, met with Black at his Memphis home two weeks ago.
Black has declined interview requests, saying he won’t talk publicly on his transfer plans until the process is complete.
He visited Oregon and Georgetown last week and, according to a report by SNY.TV’s Adam Zagoria, is set to visit Kansas today.
Having lost post players Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly to graduation from this past season’s 30-6 team, Duke seeks to add Black to help fill a void in its frontcourt. The Blue Devils return 6-7 senior Josh Hairston, a reserve throughout his career, 6-8 sophomore Amile Jefferson and 6-11 redshirt sophomore Marshall Plumlee.
Hairston is scheduled to have surgery to repair a thumb injury this month, while Marshall Plumlee will be sidelined most of the summer after surgery in April to repair a stress fracture in his foot.
Black would give Duke added experience and bulk in the paint. He averaged 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds for Memphis this past season.