After four Duke Basketball players were selected in the 2018 NBA Draft, the fifth Blue Devil was not selected in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Trevon Duval had a very up and down freshman season at Duke, but he was not drafted in the 2018 NBA Draft.
The first ever player at Duke to go one and done and not be drafted, Duval struggled to find a consistent offensive groove in Durham.
Duval averaged 10.3 points per game at Duke, shooting 42.8% from the floor and a dreadful 29.0% from three-point range. Averaging 5.6 assists per game, Duval also averaged 2.8 turnovers per game, sometimes needing to defer to Grayson Allen as the primary ball handler on the Blue Devils.
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Listed at 6-foot-3-inches, Trevon Duval provided great length at the top of the Duke zone but like many of the Duke freshman, couldn’t put all the pieces together in a man to man defense.
Duval brought some great athleticism to Duke, most notably on display in the game against North Carolina in Chapel Hill when Duval flew down the lane for a monster dunk but compared to other Duke point guards Duval just couldn’t consistently hit the outside shot like Quinn Cook, Tyus Jones, or Frank Jackson.
However, when Duval was able to make the three-point ball, it seemed to spark a Duke comeback, igniting the Blue Devils to a major victory.
Not being drafted will allow Duval to go the route of an undrafted free agent, picking a team that he wants to play on in the NBA Summer League, and then seeing if he receives any contract offers from that point.
Duval’s path to the NBA will most likely be very similar to Quinn Cook being the last notable Blue Devil to be undrafted in the NBA Draft, who never stopped working and is now an NBA Champion.
The road for Trevon Duval won’t be easy but with the potential, he came into Durham with, Duval needs to focus solely on basketball and try to claw his way onto an NBA roster.