Duke men’s basketball graduate transfer guard Goldwire has committed to the University of Oklahoma, Goldwire revealed via his personal Twitter account on Monday. Goldwire joins a program that made the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament and is now set to embark on a new era under former Loyola Chicago head coach Porter Moser, who was hired this spring to replace Lon Kruger following Kruger’s retirement.
Goldwire chose OU over five other schools, those schools being BYU, Oregon State, Utah, Wichita State, and Big 12 foe Texas Tech. It was in late March that it was revealed that Goldwire would transfer out of the Duke program and use his final year of eligibility as a grad transfer at a different school. Goldwire commented on what his time at Duke meant to him in a release.
“I want to thank Coach K, the coaching staff and administration for helping me grow, mature and become a better player these last four years and giving me an opportunity to play for one of the greatest programs,” Goldwire said in the release. “In talking with my family and the coaching staff, I have made the decision to enter my name in the portal as a grad transfer and take advantage of my fifth year. My time at Duke has been one of the best experiences of my life, and I want to thank the Duke family, fans, Cameron Crazies and my teammates for making it so special.”
A three-star prospect in Duke’s 2017 recruiting class, Goldwire played in 24 games this year, averaging 28.5 minutes per game. He averaged 5.8 points, 4.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds this season for the Blue Devils, the best numbers of his four years at Duke.
The NCAA introduced the portal on Oct. 15, 2018, providing athletes a path to explore their options. Players do not need to ask permission from their coaching staff in order to transfer. They merely need to request that compliance enter their name. Usually, it takes 24-48 hours for a player to appear following their request. Schools are free to contact a player without restriction once their name appears in the portal.
While a player entering their name in the transfer portal means they intend to explore their options, it does not necessarily mean they will leave. A player is free to withdraw his name at any time. However, schools are under no obligation to keep a player on scholarship once they enter the portal.