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Duke SG Alex O'Connell Has Entered NCAA Transfer Portal

Duke cheerleaders carry school flags onto the court.

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 25: The Duke Blue Devils cheerleaders carry their schools flags on to the court prior to the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional against the Kansas Jayhawks at CenturyLink Center on March 25, 2018 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Duke junior guard Alex O'Connell has entered the NCAA transfer portal, The Spun has confirmed.

ESPN's Jeff Borzello was first with news of O'Connell's departure. The onetime four-star recruit has a year of eligibility remaining.

If O'Connell is a traditional transfer, he'll have to sit out the 2020-21 season at his next stop, per NCAA regulations. However, if he's able to graduate from Duke this spring or summer, he can play immediately as a grad transfer next season.

The lanky 6-foot-6 wing averaged 5.2 points in 13.5 minutes per game this season but saw his shooting percentages plummet. O'Connell connected on just 27.3 percent of his three-point attempts and 57.9 percent of his free throws. Compare that to last season, when he shot 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and connected on 76.0 percent of foul shots.

O'Connell's best game as a Blue Devil came at the Carrier Dome against Syracuse in February 2019. That day, he connected on 6-of-9 field goals, including 5-of-8 from three-point range, scoring a career-high 20 points in a 75-65 Duke win.

O'Connell is the second Duke player to officially leave the program today. Earlier, sophomore point guard Tre Jones declared for the 2020 NBA Draft, as expected.

Duke finished the regular season with a 25-6 record.