NBA Draft: Tobacco Road adds two Guards


The NBA Draft just gained two more members, both guards from Tobacco Road. One was freshman Tyus Jones of the Duke Blue Devils. The other is junior Trevor Lacey from the NC State Wolfpack. One was sort of a surprise and the other wasn’t.

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Ever since Duke won the National Championship, it has been assumed that the freshman trio that powered that victory would be departing Durham for the pros. Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow have both declared within the last week. Now Jones joins them.

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Jones was a big factor in Duke’s success this past season. When the going got tough for the Blue Devils, the game was often put in Jones’ hands. That was the key to their overtime victory over North Carolina and critical to their National title victory over the Wisconsin Badgers. Jones averaged 11.5 points and 5.7 assists over the course of the season.

Jones is considered to be a top 20 talent in the draft and he should find a home in the first round somewhere. That means guaranteed money.

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  • Trevor Lacey

    Trevor Lacey is leaving the Wolfpack after leading the team in scoring last season. He averaged 15.7 points. Lacey has been at State for four seasons and is already twenty-three years old. Lacey is not currently projected to get drafted, even in the second round.

    Lacey is likely looking to move on to making money for his craft. It would be different if the team he was leaving was headed nowhere. Lacey is leaving a NC State team that returns much of its nucleus and would likely be a preseason top-25 team.

    This marks the second player who has decided to move on without a guarantee of being picked in the Draft, following JP Tokoto of the North Carolina Tar Heels.