Duke basketball draftees get more clarity on what lies ahead

The 2019-20 Duke basketball team (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
The 2019-20 Duke basketball team (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The handful of players eligible to be drafted from the Duke basketball team have a much more clear timeline for their futures.

The NBA is very close to returning, and plans are already being made for the offseason, which includes the 2020 NBA Draft.

Duke has six players who are eligible to be selected, three seniors in Javin DeLaurier, Jack White, and Justin Robinson, one sophomore in Tre Jones, and two freshmen in Vernon Carey Jr. and Cassius Stanley.

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Because of the coronavirus pandemic, all operations in the NBA were halted, as well as the NCAA’s decision to indefinitely suspend the deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the draft and return to their schools.

With things coming more into focus, the dates, deadlines, and timelines are now back in place as players must decide whether they will pursue a professional career or return to college by August 3, or 10 days after the NBA Combine, whichever comes first.

This doesn’t affect the Blue Devils because neither Jones, Stanley, nor Carey Jr. will be returning to Durham.

However, the trio now has a timetable to work around as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the NBA Draft Lottery will be held on August 25 and the 2020 NBA Draft will take place on October 15, with no site currently determined.

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Woj also reported that the league’s ‘Return To Play’ plan starts on July 9 with training camps opening and the resumption of the season beginning on July 31 and ending October 12, at the latest.

Free agency will begin on October 18 while training camp for the 2020-21 season will start on November 10, and the hope is that the 2020-21 regular season will begin on December 1.

The latest Sports Illustrated 2020 NBA Mock Draft was not kind to the Blue Devils with none being selected in the First Round as Vernon Carey Jr. is the first Dukie off the board at No. 36 overall to the Philadelphia 76ers.

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Cassius Stanley is slated at No. 43 overall to the Sacramento Kings while Tre Jones follows the Duke guard at No. 44 overall to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Jack White, Javin DeLaurier, and Justin Robinson are not expected to be selected in the 2020 NBA Draft.