Duke basketball: Jeremy Roach still unsure of future after announcement

Duke basketball guard Jeremy Roach (Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball guard Jeremy Roach (Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports) /

Duke basketball captain Jeremy Roach is still unsure of his future plans after an announcement. 

Another Duke basketball player has made a decision on his future.

Well, sort of.

Blue Devil junior point guard Jeremy Roach announced via social media on Monday morning that he will be entering the 2023 NBA Draft while maintaining his college eligibility.

“Since the season ended, I’ve has some real conversations with my family and coaches, and done a lot of thinking about my future,” Roach wrote.

“At this time, we fell it is in my best interest to declare for the NBA Draft, while maintaining my college eligibility.”

Roach averaged 13.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game this season while shooting 42.6-percent from the floor and 34.3-percent from 3-point range.

Duke has already learned that Dariq Whitehead and Dereck Lively II will be entering the NBA Draft after just one season in Durham while Tyrese Proctor and Mark Mitchell announced they will be returning to the program for at least another season.

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Kyle Filipowski remains the biggest player left on the roster that has yet to announce his plans.

“I look forward to gaining valuable feedback and experience in the pre-draft process,” the Duke captan continued.

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Many NBA Draft experts do not have a first round grade on Jeremy Roach and it seems unlikely they he will get a guarantee from an organization that will select him within the first 30 picks.

“As I take this next step, I know I’ll always have the full support and love of my family and coaches, We do this together and I am grateful for that,” Roach said.

Duke saw a similar scenario last year in which one of Roach’s high school teammates, Trevor Keels, also announced his intentions to declare for the NBA Draft will keeping the door open on a return to college.

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Keels took until the final hours of the withdrawal deadline to make his decision before he ultimately decided to remain the draft and was selected No. 42 overall by the New York Knicks.

“Playing for Duke is a dream come true and I feel the same about playing this game professionally!”

The deadline for players to withdraw from the NBA Draft in order to maintain its college eligibility is 11:59p.m. ET on May 31.

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