What will Duke’s underclassmen do when it comes to the 2017 NBA Draft?
Duke entered the 2016-17 season as one of college basketball’s most-hyped teams of the last decade. The Blue Devils were the consensus No. 1 and rightfully so – the roster was littered with potential first-round picks and McDonald’s All-Americans.
Sunday night, Duke’s season ended in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the hands of South Carolina.
It was an incredibly disappointing season.
What will 2017-18 have in store for Coach K’s program?
That’ll likely depend on what happens this offseason. Several key underclassmen have decisions to make. Here’s what we think will happen.
Jayson Tatum: Declares for NBA Draft
This is an easy one. Tatum is a projected top-three pick.
Harry Giles: Declares for NBA Draft
Another easy one, even if it seems like it shouldn’t be. The 2016 recruiting class’ No. 2 overall recruit had a disappointing freshman season, but he’s dealt with injuries and isn’t going to pass up the opportunity to get paid and start his pro career.
Luke Kennard: Declares for NBA Draft
Duke’s best player this season is going to go because his stock probably isn’t going to get any higher.
Grayson Allen: Declares for NBA Draft
Coming back for his senior year wouldn’t be shocking, but his stock dropped this year and could potential drop even more after next season depending on what happens. NBA executives surely have some concerns, but he’s probably at worst an early second round pick and with good workouts and interviews, could sneak into the first round.
The Blue Devils have a handful of talented underclassmen that will be coming back, but none outside of point guard Frank Jackson got a ton of playing time this past season. The recruiting class is good and could become great with the addition of five-star PG Trevon Duval, who might be a Duke lean.
Despite what could potentially be four losses to the NBA, Duke will still probably start the year ranked inside the top 10.