Duke basketball guard taking every second possible on NBA Draft decision

Duke basketball guard Trevor Keels (Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball guard Trevor Keels (Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports) /

Duke basketball guard Trevor Keels in unfazed by NBA Draft deadline. 

Time is ticking for Duke basketball guard Trevor Keels as the freshman must make a decision on whether to remain in the NBA Draft or return to Durham for his sophomore season.

Keels declared for the NBA Draft on the last day possible for underclassmen to test the waters and hired an NCAA certified agent to maintain his eligibility.

However, the deadline for underclassmen to withdraw from the draft and continue to keep their eligibility is 11:59 p.m. on June 1 and the lone Blue Devil who is reportedly thinking about returning for another season does not seem that close to a decision.

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Trevor Keels will be working out for the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday afternoon, perhaps a good sign due to its proximity to Durham compared to the location of other NBA franchises.

NBA Draft experts seem to have a consensus on where Keels would be selected if he continued on the professional route — a late first round pick or early second round pick — and many think that he could become a lottery pick if he returns for his sophomore campaign.

The Clinton, Maryland native averaged 11.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.2 steals per game as a freshman while shooting 41.9-percent from the floor and 31.2-percent from 3-point range.

Keels was named to the ACC All-Freshman Team despite his up-and-down season.

Duke basketball still does not know the intentions of Trevor Keels

Head coach Jon Scheyer has made numerous appearances on podcasts and television shows this week and has not divulged the plans of Trevor Keels.

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However, Scheyer has said that the program has plans in place should Keels return to Durham or head to the professional ranks.

Trevor Keels would likely be the final scholarship player if he opts to return to Duke but the coaching staff would have to look to the transfer portal to fill the final open scholarship in order to compliment the top recruiting class in 2022, headlined by No. 1 overall recruit Dereck Lively II.

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