BROOKLYN -- Duke's Mason Plumlee was selected with the No. 22 overall pick in the first round by the Brooklyn Nets in Thursday's NBA Draft, while Ryan Kelly was taken in the second round (No. 48) by the Los Angeles Lakers. Duke has now had two or more players selected in the NBA Draft 15 times under Mike Krzyzewski.
“I am really excited to join the Brooklyn Nets,” said Plumlee. “I have worked hard to get to this spot and it is rewarding to be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. I am eager to get to Brooklyn to meet my new teammates and coaches. Duke and Coach K were instrumental in helping me get to this position. Many of lessons I learned in Durham will help me continue to grow and develop during the next phase of my basketball journey.
Plumlee, a consensus second team All-America honoree in 2013, averaged 17.1 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 blocks per game, while shooting 59.9 percent from the field, as a senior. The Warsaw, Ind., native recorded 18 double-doubles en route to becoming just the second Blue Devil to average a double-double for the season under Coach K. Plumlee also scored in double figures in 33 contests, including nine 20-point efforts and a pair of 30-point outings last season.
In addition to his on-court honors and accolades, Plumlee was also a Capital One first team Academic All-America selection. He is the fifth player in Duke history to earn All-America and Academic All-America in the same season.
Plumlee, the 2013 Pete Newell Big Man of the Year, closed his Duke career ranked in the top 10 in rebounds, field goal percentage, blocks and dunks. He also became the 31st player in ACC history to record over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career.
Kelly, an honorable mention All-ACC performer, averaged 12.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 blocks per game, while shooting 42.2 percent from three-point range and 81.2 percent from the foul line for the season. A two-time ACC Player of the Week in 2013, Kelly turned in one of the best performances in Duke history when he returned from injury to score a career-high 36 points on 10-of-14 shooting from the field, including 7-of-9 from three-point range, in a 79-76 win over No. 5 Miami. He missed 13 games after suffering a right foot injury on Jan. 8 against Clemson.
Kelly concluded his career with 949 points, 465 rebounds and 133 blocks in 126 games. He helped Duke to a pair of ACC Championships, four in-season tournament titles and the 2010 NCAA Championship. Kelly ranks fourth in the Duke record books in career winning percentage with the Blue Devils compiling a 111-15 (.881) record with him on the floor.
With two players selected in the 2013 NBA Draft, Krzyzewski has now mentored 47 draft selections. Duke has produced 80 NBA draft picks overall.
Duke Draft Notes • Plumlee becomes the 26th player under Coach K selected in the first round of the NBA Draft ... Coach K has now had more NBA first round draft selections than any other coach in NCAA history. • Duke has now had 18 first round selections in the last 16 years. • Duke has had 33 players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft. • Plumlee becomes the second Duke player selected by the Brooklyn Nets (formerly the New Jersey Nets). Mike Gminski was selected by the Nets with the seventh pick in the 1980 draft. • Plumlee is the first Duke player selected with the 22nd pick in the NBA Draft. • Kelly becomes the second Blue Devils drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers. Jay Buckley was selected in the sixth round, No. 66 overall, of the 1964 NBA Draft. • Kelly is the second Duke player selected with the 48th pick in the NBA Draft. Brian Davis was taken by the Phoenix Suns with the 48th pick of the 1992 NBA Draft. • Kelly joins former Blue Devil Chris Duhon on the Los Angeles Lakers roster. • Duke has had two or more players selected in the same draft 27 times, including 15 times since Coach K's arrival in Durham.
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