Justise Winslow Joins Okafor in NBA Draft


Justise Winslow declared for the NBA Draft yesterday, making the count of Duke freshmen who have opted to leave early at two. Winslow follows teammate Jahlil Okafor as new one and dones from the Duke Blue Devils.

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Winslow showed most of his effectiveness from the four spot during the year, but he is not built for that position in the pros. Instead he will be shifting back to the wing. His game developed over the course of the year at Duke and Winslow will be able to flaunt a 41% shooting percentage from the three point line. He will also be able to point to aggressiveness and effort.

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  • It is possible that Winslow might not have left Duke early if the Blue Devils had not won the National Championship. However winning the title probably helped make his mind up to go ahead and go professional.

    The other consideration for any young player entering the draft is where they are likely to get taken. Guaranteed money only comes with a first round selection for NBA rookies. Winslow is considered to be a top ten pick right now, so his positioning inside the first round is safe. A top twenty grade in the NBA Draft should really cause a player to leave for the League.

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    Winslow’s counterpart Okafor is considered to be either the top pick in the draft or number two. This was considered to be the case before he ever stepped on campus at Duke.

    The final member of the Duke super freshmen is Tyus Jones. Jones could very well also be on the way out from Duke, but no official notice has yet been made. He is rated in the middle of the first round in some drafts, but he is close enough to missing that top twenty rating that he might return next season. He is currently the fourth or fifth best point guard in this draft class.