Duke freshman basketball star, projected lottery pick opts out with 6 games left
Duke freshman and projected lottery pick in the 2021 NBA Draft Jalen Johnson has opted out of the remainder of the college basketball season. The Blue Devils have six games remaining on the schedule.
Johnson was ranked as the No. 13 prospect on ESPN’s Top 100 as a recruit for the 2020 class. The freshman released a statement regarding the decision and is declaring for the NBA Draft.
“I appreciate everything about my time at Duke,” Johnson said. “Coach [Mike Krzyzewski], my teammates and the program have been nothing but supportive throughout this season, especially during the rehab of my foot injury. My family, coach and I have made the decision that I should not play the remainder of this season so I can be 100 percent healthy in preparation for the NBA Draft.”
Johnson averaged 11.2 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks in 13 games with the Blue Devils. Duke is currently sitting at 8-8 on the season and 6-6 in ACC play. Unless Duke gets hot to close out the season, there’s a good chance it won’t reach the NCAA Tournament.
Duke still has Wake Forest, Virginia, Syracuse, Louisville, Georgia Tech and North Carolina remaining on the schedule.