Duke freshman Tyus Jones officially declared for the NBA draft, making it three Duke freshmen headed for the NBA.
Jones joins teammates Justise Winslow and Jahlil Okafor in declaring.
The Duke point guard shined in the NCAA tournament, but he was brightest in the national championship game against Wisconsin. He led all scorers with 23 points after averaging 13 points and 4.5 assists in the tournament. He averaged 11.8 points and 5.6 assists during the regular season.
“I am faced with the tough decision of returning to a place I love or pursuing my next dream,” Jones said in a release. “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 is a projected first round pick. He was just the second Duke freshman to tally 400 points and 200 assists in a season.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski offered a ringing endorsement.
“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 said in a statement. “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.”