Throughout the 2018-19 season, the NBA future of certain Blue Devils lurked in nearly every conversation about the Duke squad.
Although this discussion focused almost entirely on the freshmen trio of Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish, two unexpected Blue Devils threw their hats into the NBA ring: Marques Bolden and Javin DeLaurier.
A release from the team on Monday morning announced that Bolden and DeLaurier would test the NBA Draft waters, and that each filed the proper paperwork before the April 21 deadline Sunday night. Neither Blue Devil will sign with an agent, and thus will have the opportunity to return to Duke in the fall if they decide in the coming weeks that their respective draft stock is too low.
Bolden came to campus with high expectations—the junior center was ranked No. 16 overall and the second-ranked center in the Class of 2016. In his freshman campaign, Bolden struggled with injuries and failed to carve out a consistent role, averaging only 6.5 minutes in his 24 appearances.