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Duke Just Made Program History At The 2019 NBA Draft

duke players celebrate during their win at virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - FEBRUARY 09: Cam Reddish #2, RJ Barrett #5 and Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils hug in the second half during a game against the Virginia Cavaliers at John Paul Jones Arena on February 9, 2019 in Charlottesville, Virginia. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)

Duke has had a tremendous run in recent NBA drafts, and the program made some history tonight. Three Blue Devils heard their names called in the first 10 picks.

Zion Williamson went No. 1 overall to the New Orleans Pelicans, followed by R.J. Barrett at No. 3 to the New York Knicks. Cam Reddish then went 10th overall to the Atlanta Hawks.

This is the first time Duke has ever had three top-10 picks in the same draft. It is a feat that has only been accomplished twice in the last five decades.

Florida did it in 2007, when Al Horford, Corey Brewer and Joakim Noah were all top-10 selections.

Now, when Noah, Horford and Brewer were chosen 12 years ago, they were coming off back-to-back national championships. Duke's season ended in the Elite Eight, and that will sting for a while considering some of the individual talent it had on the roster.

On the bright side, while this trio didn't win the ultimate prize at the collegiate level, they certainly impressed NBA scouts and gave the Duke staff more recruiting ammunition moving forward.

"The Brotherhood" continues to be well-represented on draft night.