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Tyus Jones Leaves Duke For NBA Draft

Apr 15, 2015 1:38 PM

Tyus Jones has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft after one season at Duke.

"Tyus could not have done a better job for us this past year," Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. "We're so very happy for him and his family to have the opportunity to declare for the draft.

"He's going to get a lot better, but people have already seen him and know how he handles himself, especially in pressure situations and in the biggest games. He comes through like a champion! I loved coaching him, and I believe he'll be an outstanding professional. At this time, I think is so appropriate for him to take advantage of this opportunity."

RealGM's Shams Charania reported last week that Jones had begun meeting with potential agents and was moving towards declaring for the draft.

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Justise Winslow Leaves Duke For NBA Draft

Apr 14, 2015 4:38 PM

Justise Winslow has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

Winslow helped lead Duke to the 2015 National Championship in his lone season with the school.

Winslow, the third-highest freshman scorer in the ACC this season, averaged 12.5 points per game on 48.6 percent shooting from the field.

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Tyus Jones Scheduling Agent Meetings, Moving Toward Declaring For Draft

Apr 10, 2015 11:43 AM

Tyus Jones is proceeding toward plans to declare for the NBA Draft and is scheduling representation meetings, sources told RealGM.

Jones was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four for Duke.

Jones averaged 11.6 points, 5.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game in his freshman season.

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Jahlil Okafor Declares For NBA Draft

Apr 9, 2015 5:54 PM

Jahlil Okafor has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft, leaving Duke after his freshman season.

Okafor is expected to be one of the top three picks in the draft.

“What a great decision!” said Mike Krzyzewski. “This is a tremendous opportunity for Jahlil and he has earned it. Obviously, he has done an incredible job here at Duke and he will always be a part of our Duke basketball family. We could not be happier for he and his family.” 

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Grayson Allen Remaining At Duke For Sophomore Season

Apr 7, 2015 7:28 PM

Grayson Allen has decided to return to Duke for his sophomore season instead of declaring for the 2015 NBA Draft, sources tell RealGM.

Allen scored 16 points in the National Championship Game.

Allen's playing time increased deep in the tournament.

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NBA Execs Believe Tyus Jones' Stock Will Never Be Higher

Apr 7, 2015 5:08 PM

Tyus Jones is expected to be a late first round pick if he leaves Duke for the NBA.

Many NBA executives believe Jones' stock will never be higher after leading the Blue Devils to the National Championship.

"It's hard to see his star being higher," one high-level NBA executive told me after the game. "He still can't guard and is a below-average athlete, but he has [guts], is smart, poised, is a solid shooter and can play pick-and-roll. He should probably leave."

"He needs to decide how much time he wants to spend in the D-League or on an NBA bench next season versus trying to repeat," another NBA guy said. "If he goes pro, he's top 20 or 25. He had a fantastic performance tonight and throughout the year. His teams always win, and he elevated his team throughout the tourney."

One NBA general manager said simply, "He's got to go out."

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Tyus Jones Named Most Outstanding Player Of Final Four

Apr 7, 2015 12:02 PM

Tyus Jones was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four following Duke's 68-63 win over Wisconsin.

Joining Jones on the All-Final Four Team were Justise Winslow, Grayson Allen, Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker.

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Kaminsky, Okafor, Grant, Cauley-Stein, Russell Named To AP All-American Team

Mar 30, 2015 1:12 PM

Frank Kaminsky headlines the 2014-15 AP All-American Team as a unanimous selection.

Jahlil Okafor finished one vote shy of being a unanimous selection.

Jerian Grant, Willie Cauley-Stein and D'Angelo Russell rounded out the first team.

On the second team are Delon Wright, Karl-Anthony Towns, Seth Tuttle, Malcolm Brogdon and Bobby Portis.

On the third team are Kyle Wiltjer, Kevin Pangos, Buddy Hield, Rakeem Christmas and Georges Niang.

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Kentucky, Duke 5-Point Favorites In Final Four

Mar 30, 2015 12:01 PM

Kentucky and Duke are each five-point favorites in their Final Four games against Wisconsin and Michigan State respectively.

Kentucky narrowly defeated Notre Dame to advance out of the Midwest Region and keep their undefeated season alive.

Wisconsin and Duke are also No. 1 seeds, while Michigan State is a No. 7 seed.

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Current NBA, International Alumni From Sweet 16 Schools

Mar 25, 2015 3:26 PM

The 2015 Sweet 16 includes several of the best programs in college basketball that routinely send excellent talent to the NBA and to professional leagues abroad.

The following tallies show the number of players from each school in the NBA and the total number of professional players internationally in the 80+ leagues RealGM covers with full statistical information. The links beside each school list the players and their current season stats.

Midwest
Kentucky (18 in NBA / 33 in Pros)
Notre Dame (1 in NBA / 12 in Pros)
West Virginia (0 in NBA / 15 in Pros)
Wichita State (2 in NBA / 14 in Pros)

West
Wisconsin (3 in NBA / 18 in Pros)
Arizona (12 in NBA / 25 in Pros)
North Carolina (17 in NBA / 32 in Pros)
Xavier (1 in NBA / 17 in Pros

South
Duke (18 in NBA / 28 in Pros)
Gonzaga (3 in NBA / 19 in Pros)
Utah (2 in NBA / 14 in Pros)
UCLA (14 in NBA / 34 in Pros)

East
Oklahoma (1 in NBA / 19 in Pros
Louisville (2 in NBA / 25 in Pros)
Michigan State (6 in NBA / 18 in Pros)
NC State (3 in NBA / 22 in Pros)

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Kentucky, Villanova, Duke, Wisconsin Earn No. 1 Seeds
Kentucky is the number one overall seed in the 2015 NCAA Tournament and are the top seed in the Midwest Region

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Jahlil Okafor Headlines 2015 ACC Awards
Jahlil Okafor has been named the 2015 ACC Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.

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Kaminsky, Okafor, Russell Headline Wooden Award 15
Frank Kaminsky is one of 12 upperclassmen to be nominated, while Jahlil Okafor is one of just three underclassmen.

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Rasheed Sulaimon Accused Of Sexual Assault Against Two Women
Sources say Mike Krzyzewski knew about the allegations as early as 10 months before Rasheed Sulaimon was dropped from the team.

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Top NBA Draft Prospects (February Stats)
Karl-Anthony Towns had the best PER of any of the likely top prospects of the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Dick Vitale Won't Call Duke-UNC For First Time Since 1979
Jay Bilas will call the game with Dan Shulman.

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ACC, Pac-12, SEC Have Most Players Currently In NBA
Duke has 20 current NBA players, while North Carolina and Kentucky each have 18.

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Rasheed Sulaimon Dismissed From Duke's Basketball Program
Rasheed Sulaimon appeared in all 20 games this season and averaged 7.5 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

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Okafor, Mudiay, Towns, Cauley-Stein, Porzingis In New DraftExpress Top-5
ahlil Okafor, Emmanuel Mudiay, Karl Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kristaps Porzingis comprise the DraftExpress top-5.

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Semi Ojeleye Transfers From Duke To SMU
Semi Ojeleye has committed to SMU after transferring from Duke

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Jahlil Okafor Remains Consensus No. 1 Player In 2015 NBA Draft
Jahlil Okafor is averaging 17.7 points and 7.9 rebounds for Duke.

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Jahlil Okafor Considered By NBA Teams As Consensus Top Prospect In 2015
Jahlil Okafor is one of the best low post scorer prospects in many years.

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Krzyzewski Expects Jahlil Okafor To Leave Duke After Freshman Season
Jahlil Okafor is currently projected as the top overall pick by DraftExpress.

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Okafor, Paige, Kaminsky, Harrell, VanVleet Named Preseason All-Americans
Joining Okafor on the team are North Carolina junior point guard Marcus Paige, Wisconsin senior forward Frank Kaminsky, Louisville junior forward Montrezl Harrell and Wichita State junior point Fred VanVleet.

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Support Growing To Turn National Tournaments To Under-22 Events
USA Basketball advanced their winning streak, with their most recent loss dating back to 2006.

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College Prepared Krzyzewski For Single Elimination International Tournaments
Mike Krzyzewski believes his experience as a college coach in which the NCAA tournament is a single-game elimination format is a strong attribute for his job as head coach of the United States.

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Chase Jeter Commits To Duke
Chase Jeter has committed to Duke for the class of 2015

Krzyzewski, Pitino, Calipari, Self Earn College Basketball's Highest Salaries
Mike Krzyzewski is the highest paid head coach in college basketball, making a salary of nearly $10 million per season.

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Scout: Jahlil Okafor Could Have Issues Not Being Explosive Around Basket
Jahlil Okafor is one of the most polished post players to come out of high school in many years.

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