Five Blue Devils Await Thursday’s NBA Draft

NEW YORK, NY – The 2022 NBA Draft is set for Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with the Duke men’s basketball program looking to continue its recent draft dominance.

The 2021-22 ACC Freshman of the Year and second-team consensus All-American Paolo Banchero joins ACC Defensive Player of the Year Mark Williamssecond-team All-ACC pick Wendell Moore Jr.honorable mention All-ACC selection AJ Griffin and ACC All-Freshman honoree Trevor Keels as the five Blue Devils to declare for this year’s draft.

Banchero, Williams and Griffin will be in attendance at Barclays Center as invitees by the NBA to the Green Room – a staging area in front of the NBA draft podium where players, families and agents await league commissioner Adam Silver to call each selection. Keels and Moore will host draft parties in their respective hometowns.

Should all five be drafted, it would set a single-draft record for the Duke program, which is one of the most prolific college basketball programs in generating NBA Draft picks. It would mark the fifth time in the last seven years that at least three Blue Devils heard their names called on draft night.

Duke’s single-draft record for selections was four, set in 1986, 1999, 2017 and 2018. The 1999 draft saw Duke become the first college program in NBA history to boast four first-rounders as Elton Brand went No. 1 overall to Chicago, Trajan Langdon No. 11 to Cleveland, Corey Maggette No. 13 to Seattle and Will Avery No. 14 to Minnesota. A Duke record three of four were Lottery selections, which was also matched in 2019 when Zion Williamson went No. 1 overall to New Orleans, RJ Barrett No. 3 to New York and Cam Reddish No. 10 to Atlanta.

Overall, a total of 101 Blue Devils have been drafted as Duke is just the fourth college program in NCAA history to produce at least 100 draftees. Since the inception of the Draft Lottery in 1985, no college program nor college head coach has produced more Lottery picks (28) than Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who retired from coaching following this season. Additionally, the Blue Devils’ 42 first-round picks in that span are second most.

These facts become more impressive when considering the rest of the field had a four-year head start on the Blue Devils before Danny Ferry became the school’s first lottery pick in 1989. Coach K’s 42 total first-round selections during his tenure are the most by a college coach in the history of the NBA Draft.

Dating back to 1956, Duke has had three or more players selected in 11 different NBA Drafts. The Blue Devils have also had at least one first-round selection in nine of the past 10 years, including at least one lottery selection in six consecutive drafts from 2014-19.

The 2022 NBA Draft begins at 8 pm ET with coverage on ABC, ESPN and the WatchESPN app.

Duke in the Draft

  • Duke has produced a total of 101 NBA Draft picks all-time.
  • Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski has coached a total of 68 NBA Draft picks since taking over the Duke program in 1980-81.
  • The Blue Devils have had at least one player selected in 22 of the last 24 NBA Drafts, including 34 first-round picks in that time.
  • Duke has had at least one player taken in 34 of the 41 NBA Drafts in the Krzyzewski Era.
  • Duke players have been selected by 29 of the 30 current NBA franchises, with only the Toronto Raptors having never drafted a Blue Devil.
  • The franchise to have drafted the Most Blue Devils is Detroit (nine), followed by seven for Chicago, and six each for Golden State and Boston.
  • Duke’s single-draft record for selections is four, set in 1986, 1999, 2017 and 2018.

Duke in the First Round

  • Duke’s record for most first-round picks in a single draft is four, set in 1999.
  • Duke’s 46 first-round selections in the Common Draft era (since 1966) are third most all-time, including 42 under Coach K.
  • Duke’s 42 first-round selections in the Lottery era (since 1985) are the second most in the country, behind Kentucky’s 45.
  • Coach K’s 42 first-round picks are the most by a college coach in the history of the NBA Draft.
  • Duke has produced four No. 1 overall picks in the NBA Draft, the most in draft history.
  • The 2020 draft ended a streak of six years in which Duke had a player selected in the top 3 overall – the longest streak by any program all-time.
  • Duke’s 28 NBA lottery picks – all coached by Coach K – are the most by both a college program and college coach.
  • An NCAA-leading 23 lottery selections have come from Duke since 1999, when the Blue Devils had three.
  • In the Lottery Era (since 1985), Duke has produced 14 top-three picks; the next-closest total nationally is five (Kentucky).
  • Duke’s 17 top-10 picks since 2000 are the most in the nation in that timeframe, four more than Kentucky (13).
  • The Blue Devils have produced 17 first-round picks in the last eight years: Grayson Allen, Marvin Bagley III, RJ Barrett, Wendell Carter Jr., Harry Giles, Rodney Hood, Brandon Ingram, Jalen JohnsonTyus Jones, Luke Kennard, Jahlil Okafor, Jabari Parker, Mason Plumlee, Cam Reddish, Jayson Tatum, Zion Williamson and Justise Winslow.
  • Seventeen of Duke’s last 22 NBA Draft picks, and 24 of the last 32, have come in the first round, including 16 lottery picks.


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