Duke shooting guard Luke Kennard is joining his teammate Jayson Tatum in declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft.
The school announced Thursday afternoon Kennard will enter Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China the upcoming draft and sign with an agent, meaning he will not be eligible to return to Duke.
“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 in a release. “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 Wholesale Jerseys All a great foundation for success at the NBA level.”
His basketball bottom line Wednesday: 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes of a 110-106 loss to the Trail Blazers.
“We didn’t get the win, so that’s kind of tough to deal with,” Aldridge said. “Happy to be out there with my teammates, and happy to be playing again.”
Noted Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: “He looked a little rusty. I don’t think he had his rhythm, but his effort was great, and that’s all you can ask for.”
Not a hint of a double meaning to Popovich’s “rhythm” remark. Everyone knows this is serious business, especially Aldridge, who has been dealing with the heart issue his entire 11-season NBA career after being diagnosed as a rookie with Wolff-Parkinson syndrome, an abnormality in the heart’s Wholesale Jerseys From China electrical system.
Aldridge said he’s confident in protocols that are in place for him, but when asked if the latest incident scared him, he didn’t hesitate.