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Blue Devils Look to Extend Draft Dominance Tonight

R.J. Barrett & Cam Reddish | Photo: Chris Summerville

The 2019 NBA Draft is set for Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with the Duke men’s basketball program looking to continue its draft dominance.

Junior Marques Bolden joins three of the Blue Devils talented freshmen – RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson — who each declared for the draft following this season. Barrett, Reddish and Williamson are three of 20 players to receive an invitation to the NBA Draft Green Room — a staging area in front of the NBA draft podium where players, families and agents await commissioner Adam Silver to call a player’s name upon selection.

Should all four be drafted, it would mark the third consecutive season and fifth time in school history the Blue Devils have matched the program’s single-draft record. Last season, the four Blue Devils selected were Marvin Bagley IIIWendell Carter Jr., and Grayson Allen in the first round andGary Trent Jr., in the second.

Duke also had four draftees in 1986, 1999 and 2017 — making NBA Draft history in 1999 as the first program to produce four first-round picks in one season. Only three times previously have the Blue Devils had two players selected in the top 10 (2002 — Jay Williams No. 2, Chicago and Mike Dunleavy No. 3,  Golden State; 2015 — Jahlil Okafor No. 3, Philadelphia and Justise Winslow No. 10, Miami; 2018 — Bagley No. 2, Sacramento and Carter No. 7, Chicago).

Only once in the Common Draft era (since 1996) has a college produced three picks in the top 10 – Florida in 2007 with Al Horford (No. 3, Atlanta), Corey Brewer (No. 7, Minnesota) and Joakim Noah (No. 9, Chicago).

Since the inception of the Draft Lottery in 1985, no team nor coach has produced more lottery picks than the 25 by Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski. The fact becomes even more impressive when considering the rest of the field had a four-year head start on the Blue Devils before Danny Ferry became the school’s first lottery pick in 1989.

The 2019 NBA Draft begins at 7 p.m. ET with coverage on ESPN, ESPN2 and the WatchESPN app.

Duke in the Draft

  • Duke has produced a total of 94 NBA Draft picks all-time, including the fourth-most (80) among colleges in the Common Draft era (since 1966).
  • The Blue Devils have had at least one player selected in 19 of the last 21 NBA Drafts, including 30 first-round picks in that time.
  • Duke has had at least one player taken in 31 of the 38 NBA Drafts in the Krzyzewski Era.
  • Duke players have been selected by 29 of the 30 current NBA franchises, with only the Toronto Raptors having never drafted a Blue Devil.
  • The franchise to have drafted the most Blue Devils is Detroit (nine), followed by seven for Chicago, and six each for Golden State and Boston.Duke in the First Round
  • Duke’s 42 first-round selections in the Common Draft era are third most all-time, including 38 under Coach K.
  • Coach K’s 38 first-round picks are the most by a college coach in the history of the NBA Draft.
  • Duke has produced three No. 1 overall picks in the NBA Draft, tied for the most in draft history.
  • Duke has had a player selected in the top 3 each of the last 5 years, the longest streak by a school all-time.
  • Duke’s 25 NBA lottery picks – all coached by Coach K – are the most by both a college program and college coach.
  • An NCAA-leading 20 lottery selections have come from Duke since 1999, when the Blue Devils had three.
  • In the Lottery Era (since 1985), Duke has produced 12 top-three picks; the next-closest total nationally is five (Kentucky).
  • Duke’s 14 top-10 picks since 2000 are the most in the nation in that timeframe, leading Kentucky (13), Connecticut (8), Arizona (8), Kansas (7) and Texas (7).
  • The Blue Devils have produced 13 first-round picks in the last six years:Harry Giles, Rodney Hood, Brandon Ingram, Tyus Jones, Luke Kennard, Jahlil Okafor, Jabari Parker, Mason Plumlee, Jayson Tatum, Justise Winslow, Grayson Allen, Marvin Bagley IIIand Wendell Carter Jr.
  • Duke has produced at least one first-round pick in each of the last eight years.
  • Thirteen of Duke’s last 15 NBA Draft picks, and 20 of the last 25, have come in the first round, including 13 lottery picks.2019 NBA Draft Green Room invitees

Zion Williamson, Duke

Ja Morant, Murray State

RJ Barrett, Duke

Darius Garland, Vanderbilt

De’Andre Hunter, Virginia

Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech

Cam Reddish, Duke

Coby White, North Carolina

Sekou Doumbouya, Limoges

Nassir Little, North Carolina

Jaxson Hayes, Texas

Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga

Brandon Clarke, Gonzaga

Romeo Langford, Indiana

PJ Washington, Kentucky

Goga Bitadze, Mega Bemax

Tyler Herro, Kentucky

Keldon Johnson, Kentucky

Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Virginia Tech

Bol Bol, Oregon