Durham, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Duke freshman Tyus Jones will enter the 2015 NBA Draft.
Jones joins fellow Duke freshmen Jahil Okafor and Justise Winslow in forgoing their final three seasons at Duke to attempt to cash in at the pro level.
"Coming to Duke was a dream of mine and being a part of such a special team was amazing," said Jones. "I knew coming in I would be a part of a great team, but I never envisioned I would be a part of such an incredible family. That is what has made winning a national championship such an amazing experience. I am faced with the tough decision of returning to a place I love or pursuing my next dream. With the support and guidance of my family, my coaches, my teammates, and Duke University, I have decided to start my professional career. Even though I am entering the NBA Draft, I will forever be a Duke Blue Devil."
Jones, the 2015 Final Four Most Outstanding Player, was an All-ACC third team honoree and averaged 11.8 points, 5.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game during his freshman season. He was also named to the All-ACC Freshman Team.
"Tyus could not have done a better job for us this past year," said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "We're so very happy for him and his family to have the opportunity to declare for the draft. He is projected to be a first-round pick. He's going to get a lot better, but people have already seen him and know how he handles himself, especially in pressure situations and in the biggest games. He comes through like a champion! I loved coaching him, and I believe he'll be an outstanding professional. At this time, I think is so appropriate for him to take advantage of this opportunity."
Duke has produced a first round selection in the NBA Draft in each of the past four years. Krzyzewski has mentored 28 first round picks, including 18 lottery selections.
The 2015 NBA Draft will take place Thursday, June 25 in New York City.