Like many of his Duke basketball teammates, Javin DeLaurier explored the NBA Draft. Ultimately, he decided to return for his senior year.
DeLaurier’s numbers don’t blow you away, but with the team cycling through much of its rotation once again, he’ll be an important veteran presence. The athletic 6-foot-10 big man adds some solid size and athleticism in the middle as well.
Duke also brings back starting point guard Tre Jones, which is huge for the 2019-20 season. Both Jones and DeLaurier have gone under the knife in recent weeks though.
Last week, head coach Mike Krzyzewski revealed that Jones, who dealt with injuries during the 2019 season, had both hip and hernia surgery during the off-season.
Javin DeLaurier had a procedure on his elbow, though it sounds like a relatively minor one, luckily.
From The News & Observer:
DeLaurier posted the news of the surgery on his personal Snapchat account Wednesday night and it was confirmed by Duke officials on Thursday, who described it as a “clean-up.”
“Just a routine thing,” Duke associate head coach Jon Scheyer said. “He’s doing really well recovering. It wasn’t too big a procedure. He’s in a good place.”
Per the report, Scheyer said that the procedure played no part in his NBA Draft decision.
DeLaurier played just over 16 minutes per game for the Blue Devils last year, averaging 3.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per contest. He shot an impressive 74.7-percent from the floor.