Over the last 10 years six players from Duke have made the decision to leave school early for the NBA Draft. Most analysts believe that number will jump to eight this year when Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker their decisions. However, nothing official has happened to date.
Duke's 2014 season ended on March 21st, and as of April 3rd there has been no decision made by either player. That's a span of two weeks, a seemingly long time for things to shake out, but it's not a huge stretch in the historical range.
The shortest decision from the end of the season to announcement came in 2007 when Josh McRoberts needed just seven days to announce his decision to leave after the Blue Devils fell to VCU in the NCAA First Round.
Another first round loss was the legacy left by Austin Rivers in 2012 when the freshman guard could help the Blue Devils get by Lehigh. 11 days after the Blue Devils were shocked, Rivers announced he was heading to the league.
It took 24 days in 2004 for Luol Deng to make his announcement after Duke fell to Connecticut in the Final Four, and then 26 days for Gerald Henderson to leave after the team lost to Villanova in 2009 in the Sweet 16.
The longest decision making process over the past decade was also the most unexpected. Shavlik Randolph took a remarkable 49 days from the end of the season against UConn to make the decision to head to the NBA.
DATES TO KNOW:
- The deadline to declare for the NBA Draft is April 27th, 2014.
- The deadline to declare and return to college is April 15th. If a player declares or has not withdrawn his name from the draft by this day, he forfeits his eligibility.
- The annual Duke Basketball banquet is April 16th, 2014.