Freshman Jalen Johnson quits rest of Duke’s season to start groundwork for NBA draft

Duke Freshman and projected lottery select Jalen Johnson is picking from the remainder of the period and will announce for the NBA draft, as indicated by the school.

Johnson, the No. 13 possibility in the ESPN 100 last season, has had an all over season with the Blue Devils. He opened his profession with 19 focuses, 19 bounce back and 5 helps against Coppin State yet endured a foot half a month later and missed three games. In the wake of getting back to the beginning arrangement, Johnson has fallen off the seat for as long as three games. He played a joined 23 minutes the previous two games, scoring only three focuses shortly against NC State this previous end of the week.

“I appreciate everything about my time at Duke,” Johnson said in a Duke news release Monday night. “Coach (Mike Krzyzewski), my teammates and the program have been nothing but supportive throughout this season, especially during the rehab of my foot injury. My family, coach and I have made the decision that I should not play the remainder of this season so I can be 100 percent healthy in preparation for the NBA Draft.”

In 13 games, Johnson found the middle value of 11.2 focuses, 6.1 bounce back and 2.2 helps.

“This was not easy but we feel it’s best for my future,” Johnson said. “I have nothing but love for the brotherhood and thank my teammates and everyone associated with the program. Duke will always have a special place in my heart and will always be a part of me.”

Johnson hasn’t played a total season since his lesser year of secondary school. As a senior, he left IMG Academy without playing a game prior to getting ready for nine games at Nicolet High School (Wisconsin).

“While we are encouraged by what we are seeing medically, for Jalen’s future, we believe this decision is in his best interest,” Krzyzewski said in the release. “We are ultimately careful with every one of our players and will continue to support Jalen as he progresses toward his goal of playing professional basketball.”

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