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Duke’s Luke Kennard will declare for the NBA Draft and sign with an agent

Appalachian State v Duke

DURHAM, NC - NOVEMBER 26: Luke Kennard #5 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after making a three-point basket against the Appalachian State Mountaineers during the game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 26, 2016 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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Duke guard Luke Kennard announced on Thursday that he will declare for the NBA Draft and sign with an agent, ending his collegiate eligibility.

“After considerable reflection, prayer and consultation with my family and coaches, I have decided to take the next step in pursuing my basketball dreams by entering the NBA Draft,” Kennard said. “Being a member of the Duke Basketball brotherhood is always going to be special to me. I have nothing but love and respect for everyone in the Duke program. I want to thank my coaches, teammates, the best fans in the game and everyone in Franklin for being by my side every step of this journey. I have a lot of hard work ahead of me, but I’m confident that I’m ready and have a great foundation for success at the NBA level.”

Kennard was an all-american for the Blue Devils this season, playing his way into the conversation as a potential top 20 pick. He averaged 19.5 points and shot 43.8 percent from three this season.

“I’ve loved coaching Luke and having he and his family in our program,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “Luke’s skill set is such a perfect fit for the way the NBA game has evolved and we’re all excited to see him flourish at the next level. He is a wonderful person who will immediately be an asset to an NBA team.”