Duke basketball forward looking for more playing time in new league

Former Duke basketball forward Javin DeLaurier (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Former Duke basketball forward Javin DeLaurier (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

Former Duke basketball forward Javin DeLaurier is looking to make his mark overseas. 

With a short and expedited NBA G-League season, former Duke basketball captain Javin DeLaurier is heading north to continue his basketball season.

After not being selected in the 2020 NBA Draft, DeLaurier signed with the Charlotte Hornets as an undrafted free agent and briefly appeared for the team in the preseason back in December before being assigned to the NBA G-League affiliate Greensboro Swarm.

DeLaurier saw the NBA floor for three minutes in a preseason loss to the Orlando Magic but did manage to drill a 3-point shot on his only attempt of the game for the first points of his pro career, and he also grabbed two rebounds in the game.

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The 6-foot-10 Duke alum then played in seven games for the Swarm this season, averaging 2.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in 11.1 minutes per contest.

Following his time in the G-League Bubble, Javin DeLaurier has now signed with the Niagara River Lions in the Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL).

Since joining the CEBL, the River Lions posted a 15-5 season in 2019 yet just a 2-4 record in a truncated 2020 campaign as the 2021 season is scheduled to begin in June.

Former Duke basketball forward bringing valuable experience to Canada

During his Duke career, Javin DeLaurier played in 114 games, averaging 3.4 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.

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Despite not having an ACC Tournament nor NCAA Tournament his senior year, DeLaurier still won two ACC Tournament Championships in Durham on top of making two appearances in the Elite Eight, coming within one shot of advancing to the Final Four in both instances.

Javin DeLaurier also has some experience playing in Canada after touring the country and playing three games in Duke’s Canada Tour in his junior season alongside Zion Williamson and Canada native RJ Barrett.

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