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Harry Giles Could Go In 5-10 Range If Cleared During Medicals

May 12, 2017 1:10 PM

While Harry Giles has serious injury concerns for both the long and short-term, he remains a coveted prospect for many teams.

"He's the best prospect in the entire draft if he can fully recover and stay healthy," one NBA executive said. "He's just a freaky talent."

If Giles is fully cleared by their medical staff, several teams would put him in the 5-10 range.

Giles has torn his ACL in both knees.


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Frank Jackson To Remain In Draft

May 12, 2017 11:57 AM

Frank Jackson will remain in the 2017 NBA Draft and hire an agent.

Jackson spent one season at Duke.

Jackson is currently ranked 48th in the Draft Express top-100. 

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Frank Jackson Declares For Draft, Won't Hire Agent

Apr 23, 2017 9:39 AM

Frank Jackson has declared for the 2017 NBA Draft but will not hire an agent.

"Frank has always wanted to be in the NBA," his father, Al, told The Tribune in a phone interview. "He went to Duke for a variety of reasons, and we absolutely made the right decision. If he had gone anywhere else, we wouldn't have had to struggle with this decision. Frank would've been a one-and-done player with no doubt."

Enough NBA teams expressed interest for Jackson to enter the draft process.

"It's clear to us enough teams consider Frank an NBA player," Al Jackson said. "He has superior athleticism, he has high character and he has a high basketball IQ."

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Luke Kennard Leaves Duke For NBA Draft

Apr 6, 2017 4:25 PM

Luke Kennard has announced he will enter the 2017 NBA Draft.

Kennard will sign with an agent and forgo his remaining college eligibility.

“After considerable reflection, prayer and consultation with my family and coaches, I have decided to take the next step in pursuing my basketball dreams by entering the NBA Draft,” Kennard said. “Being a member of the Duke Basketball brotherhood is always going to be special to me. I have nothing but love and respect for everyone in the Duke program. I want to thank my coaches, teammates, the best fans in the game and everyone in Franklin for being by my side every step of this journey. I have a lot of hard work ahead of me, but I’m confident that I’m ready and have a great foundation for success at the NBA level.”

“I’ve loved coaching Luke and having he and his family in our program,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Luke’s skill set is such a perfect fit for the way the NBA game has evolved and we’re all excited to see him flourish at the next level. He is a wonderful person who will immediately be an asset to an NBA team.”

Kennard is expected to be a late first round pick.

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Harry Giles Leaving Duke For 2017 NBA Draft

Mar 28, 2017 2:08 PM

Harry Giles has announced he will declare for the 2017 NBA Draft after one season at Duke.

Giles is expected to be a mid-first round pick. Giles was previously considered a probable top-5 pick in this draft class before suffering a number of injuries.

Giles tore the ACL in his right knee when a high school senior and then underwent left knee surgery in October, which limited his appearances with Duke.

Giles averaged 3.9 points and 3.8 rebounds in 11.5 minutes with Duke.

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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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