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Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow
3 Blue Devils Taken in 1st Round of 2015 NBA Draft
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/26/2015
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DURHAM, N.C. – Three members of Duke’s 2015 NCAA Championship team were selected in the NBA Draft Thursday night in Brooklyn. Head coach Mike Krzyzewski has now mentored 52 NBA Draft picks, including 31 first round selections.
 
Jahlil Okafor was taken No. 3 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, while Justise Winslow also went in the draft lottery after being taken by the Miami Heat with the No. 10 pick. Tyus Jones became the third Blue Devil taken in the first round going No. 24 to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Jones was dealt on draft night to his hometown Minnesota Timberwolves for two 2015 second round selections and a future second round draft pick.
 
Okafor, the 17th consensus first team All-America selection under Krzyzewski, averaged 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.4 blocks per game while collecting numerous honors including National Freshman of the Year and ACC Player & Freshman of the Year. He is the first freshman in league history to be named ACC Player of the Year.
 
Winslow posted 12.5 points per game on 48.6 percent shooting from the field en route to earning ACC All-Freshman Team and USBWA All-District III Team accolades. The Houston native also averaged 6.5 rebounds per game, second most by a freshman in the conference, to become just the second player 6-6 or under for Krzyzewski to average at least 6.0 rebounds per game, joining Chris Carrawell (6.1 rpg. in 1999-2000). Winslow was at his best during Duke’s NCAA Tournament run earning South Regional All-Tournament Team and All-Final Four Team recognition.
 
Jones, an All-ACC third team honoree, registered 11.8 points, 5.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game during his freshman season. For his efforts, Jones received a number of awards, including being named to the All-ACC Freshman Team and the USBWA All-District III Team. He was also tabbed the ACC Rookie of the Week four times throughout the season and the Wayman Tisdale National Freshman of the Week once. Jones capped his tremendous season with 23 points, including 19 in the second half, against Wisconsin in the national championship game to become just the fourth freshman in NCAA Tournament history to receive Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors.
 
Duke won 18 of its final 19 games last season to finish the year 35-4 overall and ranked No. 1 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. The Blue Devils posted 11 wins over ranked opponents, including six victories over teams ranked in the top 10 of the AP Poll.

Duke Draft Notes
• Okafor, Winslow and Jones become the 29th, 30th and 31st players under Coach K selected in the first round of the NBA Draft ... Coach K has had more NBA first round draft selections (31) than any other coach in NCAA history.
• Duke’s 20 NBA Lottery selections are the most by any school (North Carolina 18, Kentucky 18).
• Duke has now had 23 first round selections in the last 18 years.
• Duke has had 38 players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft and 85 selections overall.
• Duke has had two or more players selected in the same draft 29 times, including 17 times since Coach K's arrival in Durham.
Jahlil Okafor, along with fellow freshmen Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow, became the 15th, 16th and 17th NBA Draft early entrees from Duke, with 11 of the Blue Devil early entrees being selected in the NBA Draft Lottery.
• Okafor, Winslow and Jones are just the third freshman trio from the same school to be taken in the first round of the NBA Draft. Kentucky had four freshmen selected in 2010 and three picks in 2012.
• Duke had three first round selections (Okafor, Winslow and Jones) for the second time. Four Blue Devils (Elton Brand, Trajan Langdon, Corey Maggette and William Avery) were taken in the first round of the 1999 NBA Draft.
 
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