Duke’s Brandon Ingram declares for NBA Draft after 1 season

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Brandon Ingram has made it official – he’s the latest one-and-done player to come through Duke.

The freshman announced his decision Monday in a first-person story posted on The Players’ Tribune website. Duke spokesman Cory Walton said Ingram is hiring an agent and is staying in the draft.

The Kinston, North Carolina, native is the seventh Duke freshman since 2011 to head to the NBA, a run that started with eventual NBA rookie of the year Kyrie Irving and continued last year when three freshmen made the jump after winning the program’s fifth national title.

Ingram averaged 17.3 points, matching the third-highest average by a Duke freshman in school history.

Ingram says in the story he has “done a lot of growing, and growing up” during his time at Duke.