Duke freshman guard Cassius Stanley has entered his name in the 2020 NBA draft pool, the Blue Devils announced today in a press release. Stanley is the second Duke underclassman to declare this spring, joining teammate Tre Jones.
“As much as I feel a burning desire to make another run at the Final Four, I feel compelled to make the best decision for my professional success, and therefore, I have decided to enter the 2020 NBA draft,” Stanley said in a statement, adding that he believes the Blue Devils would have reached the Final Four and contended for a championship if the season hadn’t been interrupted.
Stanley, a 6’6″ shooting guard, averaged 12.6 PPG and 4.9 RPG in 29 games (27.4 MPG) in 2019/20. He knocked down 47.4% of his field goal attempts, including 36.0% of his threes.
The 20-year-old, who ranks 50th overall on ESPN’s big board, will be represented by his father Jerome Stanley, a certified agent, as Adam Zagoria writes at ZagsBlog.com. It sounds as if the younger Stanley intends to forgo his remaining college eligibility and go pro this year.