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Duke forward Javin DeLaurier (12) will return for his senior season.

Duke got bad news and good news on Monday night.

First, the bad news emerged in a report from Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports that big man Marques Bolden intends to stay in the NBA Draft process and will not return to Durham for his senior season.

Hours later, Jeff Goodman of Stadium reported that forward Javin DeLaurier will remove his name from the NBA Draft and return for his final season of eligibility.

Bolden, once considered the top center in the Class of 2016, battled injuries for his first two seasons with the Blue Devils while playing behind elite NBA talent such as Marvin Bagley, Wendell Carter and Zion Williamson. 

Still, the 6-11, 250-pound Bolden emerged as a valuable rebounder and rim protector as a junior, averaging 5.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 blocks as a junior. It's unlikely Bolden will be drafted, but given his size and pedigree, he'll certainly have an opportunity to make a team through an NBA club's summer league program.

Meanwhile DeLaurier, a 6-10, 235-pound forward, played the best basketball of his career over the final month of the season, including a 10-point, 11-rebound effort in Duke's Elite Eight loss to Michigan State.

DeLaurier's return is a major victory for Duke, given the Blue Devils are thin in the frontcourt with only incoming freshman Vernon Carey and forward Jack White expected to play major minutes.

With Bolden's departure, Duke has two open scholarships for next season.

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Contact Brant Wilkerson-New at 336-373-7008.

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