BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The Duke men’s basketball program matched a school record on Thursday night with four selections in the 2017 NBA Draft. Freshman Jayson Tatum (third overall), sophomore Luke Kennard (12th) and freshman Harry Giles (20th) were each first-round picks, while freshman Frank Jackson (31) was the first pick in the second round.
Duke has had at least one player selected in 30 of 37 drafts under the direction of head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K has tutored a total of 57 draft picks since taking over the Duke program in 1980, including a Draft-record 35 first-round selections. The Blue Devils previously had four players selected in the NBA Draft in both 1986 and 1999.
The Blue Devils have produced 15 first-round picks in the last nine seasons, including at least one in each of the last seven years. Seventeen of Duke’s last 21 draft picks have come in the first round, including 11 lottery picks.
With Tatum and Kennard coming off the board in the lottery, Duke and Coach K both increased their Draft-record totals of lottery picks to 23.
Tatum became Duke’s 10th top-three pick since 1992, the best total in the nation and double the next-closest team.