Duke shooting guard Luke Kennard has elected to enter the 2017 NBA draft, the school announced today (Twitter link). The sophomore will hire an agent, forgoing his remaining years of NCAA eligibility.
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Although Kennard didn’t have a great performance in this year’s NCAA tournament, he enjoyed an excellent second season at Duke overall, increasing his production across the board after a solid freshman year. The 20-year-old racked up 19.5 PPG, 5.1 RPG, and 2.5 APG on .489/.438/.856 shooting in 2016/17.
Kennard ranks as the 21st-best prospect on Jonathan Givony’s big board at DraftExpress.com, with Chad Ford placing him at No. 32 on ESPN’s top 100. Ford views Kennard as a potential first-round pick, noting that the Blue Devils guard is a great outside shooter in a draft class that isn’t necessarily packed with great outside shooters.
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Duke continues to wait on a decision from Grayson Allen, who may also opt to leave school early and enter the draft. However, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman tweets that he recently heard there’s a “decent chance” of Allen remaining with the Blue Devils for another year.