Duke basketball fans finally have a mock draft to appreciate after all three draft-eligible Blue Devils are listed in the latest CBS Sports listing.
As the NBA season starts to resume and the anticipated draft date gets closer, more and more NBA Mock Drafts are released, and it has been a mixed bag for the three draft-eligible Blue Devils.
In some form of various mock drafts, either Vernon Carey Jr., Tre Jones, or Cassius Stanley have been slotted as First Round picks, but none in the same simulation, except in the most recent CBS Sports NBA Mock Draft.
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Kyle Boone released his latest work, and it has all three of the Duke stars in the first 30 picks.
While the streak of having a Top-3 pick over the last six years will certainly be broken, as well as having at least two players selected in the lottery, something that has been an occurrence for the last three drafts.
However, Duke has boasted a First Round pick in the last nine years, and that should continue for one more draft, barring a worst-case scenario situation.
Boone has Cassius Stanley as the first Blue Devil off the board at No. 21 overall to the Philadelphia 76ers, which is odd because the overwhelming expectation is that the 6-foot-6 guard would be the last Dukie selected.
Tre Jones is slotted at No. 23 overall to the Miami Heat, a range that seems very realistic for the reigning ACC Player of the Year.
Jones would most likely begin his NBA career in a backup role, almost solely used for his defensive abilities as his offensive game continues to develop and adjust to the speed of the professional game.
As for Vernon Carey Jr., he sneaks into the First Round at No. 28 overall, a little low compared to other mock drafts.
Carey Jr. is plagued by the lack of value NBA franchises see in traditional centers, although the 6-foot-10 National Freshman of the Year showed the ability to play on the perimeter in his only season in Durham.
The NBA Draft has been rescheduled for October 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but a setting has yet to be named because of concerns over the virus. Originally scheduled for June 25, the NBA Draft was set to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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