Duke announced on Wednesday morning that Tyus Jones will be entering his name into the 2015 NBA draft.
Jones averaged 11.8 points, 5.6 assists, 3.5 boards and 1.5 steals this season, earning Final Four Most Outstanding Player as Duke won the national title.
“Coming to Duke was a dream of mine and being a part of such a special team was amazing,” said Jones. “I knew coming in I would be a part of a great team, but I never envisioned I would be a part of such an incredible family. That is what has made winning a national championship such an amazing experience. I am faced with the tough decision of returning to a place I love or pursuing my next dream. With the support and guidance of my family, my coaches, my teammates, and Duke University, I have decided to start my professional career. Even though I am entering the NBA Draft, I will forever be a Duke Blue Devil.”
Jones is the third Duke freshmen to enter the NBA Draft this month, as Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow both already announced their intentions to leave for the NBA. Grayson Allen said that he will be returning to school for his sophomore season.
Jones is projected as the No. 21 pick, according to Draft Express.
His decision puts the Blue Devils in a tough spot next season as they currently do not have a point guard on their roster. They’re in a position where they will have to try to land a fifth-year transfer or try to convince elite 2016 point guard target Derryck Thornton to reclassify and enroll this summer.