Duke basketball captain makes official decision on his future

Duke basketball captain Jermey Roach (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball captain Jermey Roach (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Duke basketball captain has officially made a decision on his future. 

It has nearly been a perfect offseason for the Duke basketball program and news in the middle of May has only gotten better for the Blue Devils.

Junior captain Jeremy Roach, who was testing the waters of the NBA Draft, announced on Monday via Instagram that he will be returning to Durham for his senior season.

“Duke nation, I’m not done yet,” the pending senior said on social media.

Roach was not invited to the NBA G-League Combine or the NBA Draft Combine which made his decision a lot easier.

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The Leesburg, Virginia native averaged 13.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game last season while shooting 42.6-percent from the field and 34.3-percent from 3-point range as the Blue Devils would win the ACC Tournament Championship.

Jeremy Roach announced his intentions to test the NBA Draft waters on April 10.

Duke basketball loaded for another Final Four run

Duke now returns four key players from last season, Tyrese Proctor, Mark Mitchell, Kyle Filipowski, and Roach, with the addition of the No. 2 recruiting class in the country headlined by 5-star talents Caleb Foster, Jared McCain, Sean Stewart, and TJ Power.

Roach was a catalyst in Duke’s run to the Final Four a season ago and now the expectations are that the Blue Devils will return with a deep and talented roster with plenty of experience.

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Jon Scheyer is still looking to add a veteran big man to his roster to complement Ryan Young and Christian Reeves at the center position as the team now has one remaining scholarship available.

The Blue Devils have not lost a player to the transfer portal, which is now passed the deadline for players to enter and be immediately eligible for next season, and only Dariq Whitehead and Dereck Lively left for the NBA this offseason.

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