Sports: Duke Freshman declares for the NBA draft


After a stellar performance in the NCAA title game, Tyus Jones has decided to take his talents to the NBA. The Minnesota Gatorade POY and NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player is projected to be a first-round pick. 

The news of his departure was announced on Duke Athletics website: 

“Tyus could not have done a better job for us this past year,” said Krzyzewski. “We’re so very happy for him and his family to have the opportunity to declare for the draft. He is projected to be a first-round pick. He’s going to get a lot better, but people have already seen him and know how he handles himself, especially in pressure situations and in the biggest games. He comes through like a champion! I loved coaching him, and I believe he’ll be an outstanding professional. At this time, I think is so appropriate for him to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Jones, an All-ACC third team honoree, averaged 11.8 points, 5.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game during his freshman season. For his efforts, Jones received a number of awards, including being named to the All-ACC Freshman Team and the USBWA All-District III Team. He was also tabbed the ACC Rookie of the Week four times throughout the season and the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week once.

Jones joins fellow freshmans Jusitce Winslow and Jahlil Okafor, whom also declared for the NBA Draft. 

Via Duke University


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