NBA Draft night is typically an exciting time for Duke fans as there are usually two or three Blue Devils awaiting their names to be announced by the commissioner. Last night was Brandon Ingram's turn.
"With the second pick in the 2016 NBA Draft the Los Angeles Lakers select Brandon Ingram form Duke University."
As those words came from Commissioner Adam Silver, Duke became the first college in the lottery era of the NBA Draft to have a top-3 pick in three straight years.
Ingram joins Jabari Parker, drafted second by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2014, and Jahlil Okafor, last years third overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers, as the three consecutive Blue Devils to go in the top 3.
The Kentucky Wildcats are always known for getting drafted. However, with Duke and other big name basketball programs moving to the one-and-done recruiting strategy, top recruits are looking elsewhere to make a quick transition to the NBA.
The Blue Devils will look to extend their streak to four consecutive years with a top-3 selection as they have one of the best recruiting classes for 2016. They landed two 5-star recruits in Harry Giles and Jayson Tatum, both of whom are projected to go in the top 10 of the 2017 NBA Draft. Shooting guard Grayson Allen chose to return to Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium for his junior year and is also expected to be drafted next year.
With a bundle of marquee players and an entire year until the next draft, Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils probably have their minds on a National Championship rather than a top-3 pick.