One of the senior captains of the Duke basketball team, Javin DeLaurier, had an up-and-down final season in Durham, and while many questioned his play, his heart and effort can never be doubted.
Like many others around the country, Duke basketball senior Javin DeLaurier ended his college basketball career on a note that no one expected.
However, the ACC and NCAA Tournaments were all set up for him to leave his final mark as he did perform well in bigger games.
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The biggest thing with DeLaurier, much like many other role players for Duke, was consistency.
Effort, heart, energy, and intensity were never an issue. And I mean never.
If there was a Duke Hall of Fame for playing with effort, the Shipman, Virginia native would be voted in on the first ballot, but sometimes his effort would get him into trouble, especially in terms of fouling.
In his senior season, the senior captain played in 31 games, starting two, and averaged 3.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while shooting 55.4 percent from the field.
DeLaurier’s best game of the season would easily be the vital role he played in Duke’s victory over Michigan State where he scored ten points and grabbed six rebounds on perfect 5-of-5 shooting.
It was one point off his season-high, which was 11 in a victory over Central Arkansas in the third game of the season.
It’ll be a complicated relationship with Duke fans and Javin DeLaurier because of his potential and how his development panned out over the four years he was in Durham. But he’s the ultimate Blue Devil who could have received more minutes at another school, and he wanted to bring a sixth National Championship to Duke.
The future is still foggy for the two-time ACC Champion in terms of a basketball future, but Javin DeLaurier will do well as a great ambassador for the game and for the Duke basketball program.