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Duke Basketball: Analyzing transfer pickups Mason Gillis, Sion James and Maliq Brown

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Cameron Sheffield - Rice Owls

He was the last of the pickups for Duke Basketball but Sheffield does have three years of experience from his days at Rice. He started 21 games in his first two seasons at around 17 mpg, mostly off the bench overall, averaging around 4.5 ppg.

As a full-time starter in the 2022-23 season, Sheffield averaged 7.6 ppg and 6.1 rpg for the Owls, shooting 43% from the field and 37% from three-point range. The 6’6 wing had 12 games of double-digit scoring, as well as a few double-doubles. He had a 15-rebound game against Praire View, along with 11 points and 16 rebounds versus UTEP.

Sheffield showed that he can rebound at a high-level and could space the floor, making 44/118 shots from deep. He missed all of this past season, meaning that he still has two years left of eligibility at Duke. Realistically, it’s hard to see a pathway for him to get meaningful minutes in the rotation, even with Jaden Schutt being one of the roster departures.

Still, if the incoming freshmen wings struggle, Coach Scheyer could be forced to play Sheffield more than expected. We don’t know if he can play at the ACC level but for a 13th scholarship player, Sheffield isn’t a bad option at all.