Another Duke basketball star is set to enter the 2017 NBA Draft.
On Thursday, sophomore guard Luke Kennard announced he will be making the jump to the pros and will be hiring an agent. By hiring an agent, Kennard will be ineligible to take advantage of the rules that allow underclassmen to return to school after going through the pre-draft process and learning where they may fall.
The All-American had an incredible 2016-17 campaign and is expected to hear his name called in the bottom half of the first round.
“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 in a statement.
“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.”
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski believes Kennard’s talents should make for a great transition to the NBA game.
“I’ve loved coaching Luke and having he and his family in our program,” Coach K added. “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.”
This season, Kennard averaged 19.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.
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