Duke Freshmen Pick Their Numbers

The 2016-2017 Blue Devil roster appears to be coming together with the freshman class announcing their numbers via instagram.


The numbers for Duke’s highly rated recruiting class have been announced by the program.  The nation’s No. 2 overall recruit, Harry Giles, will wear No. 1 while fellow top five recruit, Jayson Tatum, will wear No. 0.

Frank Jackson, the team’s third in-coming McDonald’s All-American, will wear No. 15.   Four star power forward Javin DeLaurier will wear the No. 12 jersey which was vacated when Derryck Thornton decided to transfer out of the program.

Australian small forward Jack White will begin his career wearing No. 41.  


The most notable number selections are Giles and Tatum wearing No. 1 and No. 0 respectively.  Giles will join Kyrie Irving and Jabari Parker as the only players in program history to wear the number.  Both Irving and Parker ended up being top two picks in the NBA Draft.

Tatum’s selection of No. 0 will make him the second player under Coach K to wear the number, joining Austin Rivers, currently of the Los Angeles Clippers.  

DeLaurier takes over No. 12 from outgoing transfer Derryck Thornton.   In the past the number has been used by a number of positions including guard Tate Armstrong (1974-77), wing David Henderson (1983-86), guard Steve Wojciechowski (1995-98), forward Kyle Singler (2008-11), and wing Justise Winslow (2015).  

Interestingly enough, Thornton was the third transfer under Coach K to wear No. 12, joining Alex Murphy and Andre Sweet.

No. 15 also has some notable history.  Frank Jackson joins notable MDAA alumni Jahlil Okafor (2015), Gerald Henderson (2007-09), and Sean Dockery (2003-06) in wearing 15.

The final member of the class, Australian Jack White, becomes only the second recruited player to wear 41 alongside four year big man Matt Christensen (1996-2002).  

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