DURHAM, N.C. – With the 2017 NBA Draft set for Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Duke men’s basketball program has a chance to set a school record with six selections in one NBA Draft.
Amile Jefferson and Matt Jones are automatic entries into the draft after finishing their collegiate eligibility, while Harry Giles, Frank Jackson, Luke Kennard and Jayson Tatum all declared for the draft following stellar 2016-17 seasons.
Duke has had four of its players taken in the same draft twice, the first coming in 1986 and the second when the Blue Devils made history in 1999 as the first program to produce four first-round picks in one season.
The Draft is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET and will be televised by ESPN. The broadcast will also be available via WatchESPN.
Duke in the Draft
Duke has produced a total of 86 NBA Draft picks since 1952Duke has had 53 draft picks under head coach Mike Krzyzewski (since 1981), fourth-most nationally over that timeThe Blue Devils have had at least one player selected in 17 of the last 19 NBA Drafts, including 24 first-round picksDuke has had at least one player taken in 29 of the 36 NBA Drafts in the Krzyzewski Era