Duke freshman Justise Winslow to join teammate Jahlil Okafor in NBA draft

ByJeff Goodman ESPN logo
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

DukefreshmanJustise Winslowis heading to the NBA.

The school released a statement on Tuesday afternoon.

"We're very happy for Justise and his family," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in the statement. "He has a sensational year, both on and off the court. He was an amazing factor for our success in winning the national championship. From everything we have found out, Justise is projected to be a high lottery pick and we believe that to be true. This is a great time to take advantage of this opportunity. We're behind him all the way and love him and his family."

The 6-foot-6 wing averaged 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this season and also shot 42 percent from beyond the arc. Multiple NBA executives told ESPN that Winslow is a lock as a lottery pick, and could be selected in the top five. He is No. 6 on ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford's most recent big board.

Winslow scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the national semifinal win over Michigan State, and finished with 11 points and nine rebounds in the national championship game victory over Wisconsin.

Fellow freshmanJahlil Okafor, who is expected to be taken either first or second overall, announced last week he also is leaving for the NBA.Tyus Jones, who was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player, has not yet made a decision.

Corey Maggette (1999), Luol Deng (2004), Kyrie Irving (2011), Austin Rivers (2012) and Jabari Parker (2014) were other Blue Devils who entered the draft after their freshman seasons. Each was selected among the first 13 players in their drafts, with Irving going No. 1 in 2011.

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