Duke basketball: 6 players who could turn pro early

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Possible Duke basketball early departee: Trevor Keels

Unlike Wendell Moore, the early displays of basketball beauty from Trevor Keels have led to his significant jump on various mock drafts. In the latest one from Yahoo! Sports, Krysten Peek pegs the 6-foot-5, 210-pound shooting guard as a lottery pick at No. 11 overall. And NBA Draft Room is pretty much on the same page, placing the well-built freshman No. 12 at the moment.

Keels, a former five-star prep from Maryland who wound up No. 23 overall on the 247Sports 2021 Composite, is putting his ranking to shame right now by dominating on both ends of the floor. The 18-year-old is putting up 14.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.5 steals per game through his first four college outings while serving as Duke’s top 3-point splasher.

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That said, Keels seems to enjoy competing in front of Cameron Crazies and alongside his former high school teammate, Jeremy Roach. Yes, he might wish to do so again next season should Roach return for a junior campaign. Then again, considering his electric start to the season, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he bolts instead.

Prediction: Trevor Keels sticks around for his sophomore year.