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Tuesday, December 2
Updated: December 3, 8:29 AM ET
Former McDonald's All-American leaves Duke

By Bill Hodge

Sophomore reserve center/forward Michael Thompson of Joliet-Providence Catholic, Ill., will transfer from Duke.

"Michael has decided to pursue opportunities at another school," said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "He is leaving Duke in good academic standing and we wish him well in the future."

The former McDonald's All-American was concerned with a lack of playing time after seeing limited action in three of four games this season, averaging 2.3 points and 0.3 rebounds in 11 total minutes. Thompson averaged 1.5 points and 0.5 rebounds in 16 games last year as a true freshman.

Center Jabbar Young of San Bernardino CC, Cal., has signed with San Diego State. He is a former West Virginia signee who will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Center/forward Nick Stafford of Springfield, Mass/Worchester-Worchester Academy, Mass., is a late sign for Dayton and will be eligible immediately.

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Bill Hodge is the executive editor and director of recruiting coverage at For daily columns on prospects, commitments and signings, plus databases, go to's Recruiting Page.

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