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Jayson Tatum Leaving Duke For NBA Draft

Mar 22, 2017 2:12 PM

Jayson Tatum will leave Duke after his sophomore season to enter the NBA.

Tatum is expected to be a top-10 pick.

Tatum will hire an agent.

"I have absolutely loved coaching Jayson Tatum," said Mike Krzyzewski. "His skill set and work ethic will make him a star in the NBA. Whichever team selects him will be getting a humble, thoughtful and talented young man whom we are proud to call a member of the Duke basketball brotherhood."

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Grayson Allen Doesn't Regret Staying At Duke Despite Drop In Draft Stock

Mar 16, 2017 10:12 PM

Grayson Allen said he doesn't regret returning to Duke for his junior season despite his fallen draft stock.

Allen likely would have been a first round pick in 2016 after averaging 21.6 points with 42 percent shooting on three-pointers. NBA executives project Allen to be a mid-second-round pick if he leaves Duke.

"I knew with the decision I made, once I made it, I was going to live with it," Allen said Thursday prior to the team's first-round NCAA tournament game. "Obviously, I haven't had the season I'd like to have. A lot of things out of my control happened. I didn't know I was going to get injured three games into the year, reinjured later and all stuff happen in the middle.

"For me, I'm making best of the situation. I didn't come back for personal goals, I came back to be in the spot I am right now and trying to make another run for a national championship, and I'm still able to do that. So there's no regrets there."

Allen has dealt with numerous injuries and a suspension for multiple tripping incidents.

Allen has averaged 14.1 points per game this season and shot 36 percent from beyond the arc despite still not being 100 percent after a recent ankle injury.

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No. 3 Recruit Wendell Carter Commits To Duke

Nov 23, 2016 12:00 PM

Wendell Carter has committed to Duke as a member of the 2017 incoming class.

Carter chose the Blue Devils over in-state schools Georgia and Georgia Tech, as well as Harvard. 

Carter, a 6-foot-10 power forward from Pace Academy (Georgia), is ranked No. 3 in the ESPN 100 for 2017.

Carter won two gold medals with USA Basketball, the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2016 U17 World Championship. 

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Harry Giles Out Six Weeks With Knee Surgery

Oct 3, 2016 1:47 PM

Harry Giles has undergone knee surgery and will be out for six weeks.

Giles is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered during the first game of his high school season a year ago.

Giles is a freshman at Duke and considered one of the top picks in the 2017 NBA Draft class if he's healthy.

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Duke To Hold Two Pro Days, Close All Other Practices To NBA Scouts

Sep 14, 2016 10:20 AM

Mike Krzyzewski is barring NBA teams from scouting Duke's practices this season except for two pro days scheduled in October.

NBA executives were extended invitations to pro days on Oct. 19 and 25 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

“All other practices will be closed,” Duke told teams in an email.

NBA executives and scouts are free to scout any and all college games.

John Calipari instituted consecutive preseason pro days in October for his program, although those have been held on back-to-back days, which allow team executives to make a single trip. 

Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles are anticipated high lottery picks in the 2017 NBA Draft.

 

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LeBron James Jr. Has Standing Scholarship Offers From Duke, Kentucky

Jun 20, 2016 4:55 PM

LeBron James Jr., who is just 11 years old, has standing scholarship offers from both Duke and Kentucky, according to a source.

Highlights of James Jr. have already surfaced.

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Marques Bolden Commits To Duke Over Kentucky

May 19, 2016 3:20 PM

Marques Bolden has committed to Duke, picking the Blue Devils over Kentucky.

Bolden is ranked No. 16 in the incoming freshman class.

"I am happy this is over with," Bolden said. "You could tell this was a very difficult decision for me because it took so long. I was looking for the perfect situation and I realized that's not going to happen. I did not want to regret my decision that's why I took so long. It's the biggest decision in my life so far."

 

Bolden is the second ranked center in the class.

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Grayson Allen Staying At Duke For Junior Season

Apr 7, 2016 2:26 PM

Grayson Allen has decided to remain at Duke for his junior season.

“I talked with my parents and prayed about this decision, and I had the feeling that it was right,” Allen said in a statement released by the school. “I love Duke and I’ve made relationships with my teammates that will last forever. Coming back next season to play with them is important to me. Earning a Duke degree has always been a dream of mine, so I’ll also be working to get closer to that goal.”

Allen was a third-team AP All-American as a sophomore.

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Brandon Ingram Declares For NBA Draft

Apr 4, 2016 12:20 PM

Brandon Ingram has declared for the 2016 NBA Draft.

Ingram is expected to either be the first or second overall pick in the draft.

Ingram made the announcement in a first-person essay on The Players Tribune.

"My time is almost over here in Durham," wrote Today as I declare for the NBA Draft, I’m both excited and sad about this moment.

"On one hand, one year at Duke isn’t a very long time. I know that. But I’ve done a lot of growing, and growing up, in that time. I know by leaving I’ll miss out on a lot of friendships and opportunities. I’ll really miss all the students who showed me so much love. One of my favorite parts of the Duke basketball tradition is the high-five line at the end of home games. The students who camp out for seats for up to a week before a game — and get in their seats two hours early — are always still there after the final buzzer. Win or lose. You guys gave me the energy and support that I needed. I’ll never forget you all."

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