A.J. Griffin, “a Blue Devil for Life”, becomes the fifth Duke men’s basketball player to leave Final Four early for the NBA draft

A.J. Griffin, a Duke freshman Griffin, a Duke freshman, is headed to the NBA. He will become the fifth Blue Devils player this week to declare for the draft early.

Griffin's decision was made public by the school on Sunday. It is the last day that players can declare themselves eligible to participate in the NBA draft. Duke stated that Griffin, who is 6-foot-6 and 222-pounds, was being considered as a lottery draft pick. He plans to hire an agent.

Griffin stated that it was “a dream come true.” “My experiences helped me prepare for this moment and I'm proud that I will be a Blue Devil for the rest of my life.”

Griffin's NBA move is a follow-up to the 7-1 sophomore move. Mark Williams6-10 star freshman Paolo Banchero, 6-5 wing Wendell Moore Jr. Trevor Keels. Griffin, who was part of Ossining New York's top-ranked recruiting class, is ESPN's number. 8 draft prospect.

He averaged 10.4 point per game while providing size and outside shooting as well as defensive potential to the Blue Devils' wing. He missed most of his high school seasons due to ankle and knee injuries. A preseason knee injury also slowed him down in his recovery from extended absences.

As he felt more comfortable returning to full-time, his role in the team grew. He was promoted to the top of the lineup in mid-January. He remained there and has started every one of Duke's 25 last games. In his first Wake Forest start, he scored 22 points while shooting 8 for 11. This was the first of five 20 point outputs as a starter. The highlight was a 27-point star-making performance in a win against North Carolina in February.

Griffin made 71 (34.7%) of the 159 3-pointers, including 10 games in which he was a starter with at most three 3s.

Griffin was instrumental in helping Duke reach the now-retired Hall of Famer Mike Krzyzewski’s record 13th Final Four and won the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title for the first time since 2006.

“A.J. Krzyzewski released a statement stating that A.J.

Jon Scheyer, who will take over for Krzyzewski at Duke, is losing a lot in Duke's top-tier talent. However, the Blue Devils will be there to guard them Jeremy RoachAs the team's top returning scorer, he scored 8.6 points in 27 starts.

Duke also holds 247sports' No. 1 ranked recruiting class, which includes top overall prospect Dereck Livingly II and fellow big man Kyle Filipowski. 3) and Dariq whitehead (No. 5).

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