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Two more Duke players enter NBA Draft. But they could return to school.

Bolden: ‘It hurts to lose with my brothers’

An emotional Marques Bolden weighs in on Duke's loss to Michigan State.
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An emotional Marques Bolden weighs in on Duke's loss to Michigan State.

Two Duke veterans have joined three Blue Devils’ freshmen in the NBA Draft.

Junior forwards Marques Bolden and Javin DeLaurier both filed paperwork with the league by Sunday’s deadline for underclassmen to enter the draft.

Both players intend to gather information from NBA personnel while leaving open the possibility of returning to school for their senior seasons at Duke.

Under new NCAA guidelines, players are allowed to enter their names in the draft pool and retain agents without forfeiting their college eligibility. They have until May 29 to withdraw their names from the draft to be eligible to return to school.

The 6-11 Bolden played in 35 games for the Blue Devils, starting 21. He averaged 5.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while finishing second on the team with 58 blocked shots.

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Duke’s Javin DeLaurier (12) blocks the shot by Michigan State’s Cassius Winston (5) during the second half of Michigan State’s 68-67 victory over Duke in their NCAA Elite 8 game in Washington, D.C., Sunday, March 31, 2019. Ethan Hyman ehyman@newsobserver.com

The 6-10 DeLaurier, a team captain, played in all 38 games for the Blue Devils (32-6) with 16 starts. DeLaurier averaged 3.8 points and 4.4 rebounds.

Duke has two five-star big men among its incoming freshman class. The Blue Devils have signed 6-10, 275-pound power forward Vernon Carey and 6-9, 215-pound small forward Matthew Hurt. Both players are rated among the top 10 players in the class of 2019.

An Illinois native, Steve Wiseman has covered Duke athletics since 2010 for the Durham Herald-Sun and Raleigh News & Observer. Prior to his arrival in Durham, he worked for newspapers in Columbia and Spartanburg, S.C., Biloxi, Miss., and Charlotte covering beats including the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints, University of South Carolina athletics and the S.C. General Assembly.


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