The Duke Blue Devils are losing their top scorer from last season, as sophomore guard Luke Kennard has declared for the 2017 NBA Draft. He plans to hire an agent, which means he will not be eligible to return to school.
Kennard, 20, leaves Duke along with star small forward Jayson Tatum, who declared for the draft last month. A 6-foot-5 guard that shoots left-handed, Kennard paced the Blue Devils this season with 19.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He shot 49 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from three-point range.
Kennard leaves Durham after a breakout season. He scored 11.8 points as a freshman, but emerged as one of the best scorers in the ACC as a sophomore.
The 2017 NBA Draft has a deep class, which will make where Kennard is drafted hard to predict. Right now DraftExpress.com has him as the 25th overall pick in the first round.