Duke Blue Devils becoming NBA Draft Dogs

Trevor Keels becomes fourth Duke Blue Devil to enter NBA Draft
from Mike Santa Barbara, with YardBarker.com/www.yardbarker.com

On Saturday, Duke freshman Trevor Keels announced his intentions to enter this June’s NBA Draft.

Keels is the fourth Duke player to declare for the draft, joining Mark Williams, Wendell Moore and Paolo Banchero. A fifth, AJ Griffin, is also expected to enter the draft.(See post below on AJ Griffin…He is a go, to the NBA.)

“Since the season ended, I’ve done a lot of thinking about my future,” Keels said in a post via his Twitter account. “Playing at Duke was a dream and I feel that now is the time to chase another dream. I am excited to enter my name in the 2022 NBA draft. I found a second home at Duke and I’ll be riding with The Brotherhood for life.”

In his lone season with Duke, Keels averaged 11.5 PPG, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.7 assists in 36 games.

Keels played in all five of Duke’s NCAA Tournament games, averaging 9.2 points per contest, in just over 22 minutes a game. His best game came in the Blue Devil’s Final Four loss to North Carolina, posting 19 points off 8-of-14 shooting.

A star at Paul VI HS in Virginia, Keels committed to Duke in April 2022. Keels was a five-star recruit out of high school, ranked No. 19 in ESPN’s 100.

AJ Griffin, Yannick Nzosa enter 2022 NBA Draft
from Hoops Rumors, with Luke Adams, and from YardBarker.com/www.yardbarker.com

Duke forward AJ Griffin officially announced on Sunday that he’ll be entering the 2022 NBA Draft. Based on the wording of the announcement from the school, it sounds as if Griffin will forgo his remaining college eligibility and go pro.

Griffin’s decision comes as no surprise, as he’s considered a potential lottery pick, ranking No. 8 overall on ESPN’s big board. As a freshman, he averaged 10.4 PPG and 3.9 RPG with an impressive .447 3PT% in 39 games (24.0 MPG).

In his scouting report on Griffin, Mike Schmitz of ESPN refers to the 18-year-old as one of college basketball’s best shooters and says he has the type of physical frame NBA scouts love (6-foot-6 with a seven-foot wingspan). While Griffin looked like a potential top-five pick at times, there were other games where he looked like a “one-dimensional gunner,” according to Schmitz, who says the former Blue Devil will have to prove he can be a “willing, engaged” defender.

Griffin joins his Duke teammates Paolo Banchero, Mark Williams, Trevor Keels and Wendell Moore in the 2022 draft pool.

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Congolese center Yannick Nzosa has also declared for the draft, a source tells Jonathan Givony of ESPN (Twitter link). Nzosa, who has spent the last couple seasons playing for Unicaja in Spain, is the No. 46 prospect on ESPN’s board and projects as a second-round pick, according to Givony.

Sunday night was the deadline for early entrants to declare for the 2022 NBA Draft, so we should get an official preliminary early entry list from the league at some point this week. We’ve been tracking this year’s early entrants right here, but our list is unofficial and could grow significantly when the NBA puts out the full list of names.