Former Duke basketball player officially enters 2020 NBA Draft

Duke basketball forward Jordan Tucker (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Duke basketball forward Jordan Tucker (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /

Former Duke basketball player Jordan Tucker is forgoing his final year of eligibility and will enter the 2020 NBA Draft.

The Class of 2017 recruiting class for the Duke basketball program certainly is a mixed bag.

Players such as Marvin Bagley III, Wendell Carter Jr., Gary Trent Jr., and Trevon Duval all left Durham after one season for the professional ranks while Alex O’Connell and Jordan Goldwire remained at Duke for their sophomore seasons.

However, midway through his freshman season, Jordan Tucker opted to transfer from the program and head out to Indianapolis to join the Butler Bulldogs.

After a season and a half at Butler, due to NCAA transfer regulations, the White Plains, New York native declared for the 2020 NBA Draft while still maintaining his eligibility, but Tucker made the announcement on Friday that he will keep his name in the draft process.

Jordan Tucker only played in two games at Duke, transferring before the end of December and scored a total of six points in 14 minutes.

However, at Butler, the 6-foot-7 sharpshooter averaged 9.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game on 36.3 percent shooting from 3-point range.

Transferring was not a foreign concept for Tucker prior to Duke as the four-star commit previously played at Archbishop Stepinac High School (NY), the same program that Duke Class of 2021 commit Adrian Griffin Jr. attends, before transferring to Wheeler High School (GA).

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Jordan Tucker was not the last commit in the Class of 2017 to transfer from Duke to a Big East program as Alex O’Connell made the decision to leave the Blue Devils for Creighton following his junior season.

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In a majority of two-round mock drafts, the Butler product is not anticipated to be selected, but with Jordan Tucker’s size and shooting capabilities, he could be a late second-round steal or a major pickup for a franchise as an undrafted free agent.