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Versatile Guard James Transfers to Duke

Versatile Guard James Transfers to Duke


DURHAM, N.C. – Duke men’s basketball head coach Jon Scheyer officially announced the addition of Sion James to the Blue Devils’ 2024 recruiting class on Monday.
 
James, a 6-6, 220-pound guard from Sugar Hill, Georgia, transfers to Duke after competing four seasons at Tulane. He played in 114 career games, including 107 as a starter, averaging more than 34 minutes per contest and amassing 1,084 points (9.5 ppg), 520 rebounds (4.6 rpg), 337 assists (3.0 apg) and 187 steals (1.6 spg).
 
Having improved his scoring and rebounding totals each season with the Green Wave, James averaged 14.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game in 2023-24, while swatting 23 shots and shooting 51.4% from the field and 38.1% from 3-point range.
 
“We’re thrilled to welcome Sion James to The Brotherhood,” said Scheyer. “He’s a proven leader with a high IQ and great feel for the game. Bringing Sion to Duke is not just about adding talent, it’s about adding to a culture of competitiveness and winning attitude that he has. His versatility as a defender is a big strength, and his ability to make others better on offense will elevate our team. Sion will have a tremendous impact on and off the court, and I am anxious to get started with him and the rest of our team.”
 
The graduate transfer scored 20 points six times this past season, including a 28-point double-double versus North Texas in the second round of the American Athletic Conference (AAC) tournament. During his third campaign with the Green Wave in 2022-23, James registered career-highs of 30 points and seven steals in a victory over Memphis, and set the Tulane record for most blocks in an AAC tournament game with six against Wichita State.
 
James became the first player to win the AAC Sportsmanship Award twice, earning the distinction in both 2023 and 2024. He was also a two-time chair of the AAC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
 
Prior to Tulane, James was a three-star recruit out of Lanier High School, where he was a two-time Region 8A Player of the Year selection. He led Lanier to consecutive regional titles and a trip to the state championship game as a senior in 2020.
 
James adds to Duke’s top-ranked recruiting class, joining fellow four-star transfers Maliq Brown (6-8, F, Culpeper, Va./Blue Ridge HS/Syracuse) and Mason Gillis (6-6, F, New Castle,…

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