DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke forward Josh McRoberts declared himself
eligible for the NBA draft Thursday.
"I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that I have had
here at Duke," McRoberts said. "This was a difficult decision,
but I feel it is the best one for me and my family at this point in
time. I will miss Duke, the coaching staff and my teammates, but it
has always been goal of mine to play in the NBA."
Several online draft projections have McRoberts, one of two
sophomore team captains for Duke, as an early- to mid-first-round
pick. The draft is June 28 in New York.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he supports McRoberts' decision to
"In the past couple of days, I've had the opportunity to meet
with Josh and his mother," Krzyzewski said. "Josh has been a
terrific player for us for the past two years, and he will be even
better in the future as a professional. Based on our information,
it is time for him to move on to the next level, and we are ready
to help him in any and every way during this process."
McRoberts averaged 13 points and a team-leading 7.9 rebounds for
the Blue Devils (22-11).
It was not immediately clear whether he has hired an agent.
Underclassmen who do not sign with agents have until June 18 to
withdraw from the draft and return to school.
McRoberts was second on the team with 114 assists and was the
only player in the nation to average at least 10.0 points, 7.5
rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 3.5 assists.
He scored a career-high 22 points in his final game at Duke, a
79-77 loss to Virginia Commonwealth in the first round of the NCAA
tournament. That was the Blue Devils' fourth straight loss to end