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Latest Duke Chronicle Profile: Patrick Tapé

Columbia grad transfer should shore up the front court

Harvard v Columbia
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 09: Chris Lewis #0 of the Harvard Crimson is defended by Patrick Tape #3 of the Columbia Lions at Frances S. Levien Gymnasium on March 09, 2019 in New York City.
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Patrick Tapé is one of the more interesting players on Duke’s roster. A Charlotte native and grad transfer from Columbia, Tapé had a great Ivy League career.

Unlike freshman Mark Williams, Tapé is solidly built. At 6-10 and 233, he should be a physical presence inside for Duke.

Ivy League play has changed tremendously in recent years. At one point, Princeton was really the only effective team and they were effective because Pete Carroll figured out the only way he could defeat athletically superior teams was to run a patient and precise offense.

Since Tommy Amaker got to Harvard though, the Ivy League has had something of a revolution and gotten much more athletic.

Tapé has been part of that. He runs well for a guy his size and set the Ivy career record for field goal percentage. He’s also likely to be a good defender since he’s spent four years in college already and knows his way around.

Between Coleman, Williams, Matthew Hurt and possibly Henry Coleman, Duke should have solid depth in the post.