Two Duke big men plan to find out what NBA decision-makers think of their skills over the next month.
According to a release from the school on Monday, Marques Bolden and Javin DeLaurier submitted paperwork to enter the NBA Draft process before Sunday's deadline, giving both the opportunity to be evaluated by professional teams. Both players will maintain their eligibility throughout the process, allowing them to possibly return to the Blue Devils for their senior seasons.
Bolden, a former top recruit who has battled injuries in all three of his seasons at Duke, averaged 5.3 points and 4.5 rebounds this season with 58 blocked shots, while DeLaurier started 16 games for the Blue Devils, averaging 3.8 points and 4.4 rebounds with 50 blocks. In the starting lineup for the postseason, DeLaurier played the most consistent basketball of his Duke career, delivering his first double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds in the Elite Eight loss to Michigan State.
New NCAA rules allow for players to sign with an agent throughout the NBA Draft process, with a deadline of May 29 to withdraw and end their relationship with the agent, maintaining their college eligibility. Undrafted players who were invited to attend the NBA Draft Combine are also allowed to return to school.
Neither player is projected as a first-round pick and both are expected to play major roles for Duke next season as the Blue Devils welcome back their most experienced roster in the past five seasons. Should Bolden and DeLaurier return, Duke's roster will feature six upperclassmen to complement a talented group of youngsters, including sophomore point guard Tre Jones and a recruiting class that could rank No. 1 nationally.
Duke freshmen RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson have also entered the draft, but none of the trio are expected to return as they're all projected as top-10 picks.