Anticipated first-round pick Trevor Keels leaving Duke to keep name in NBA draft, source says

Trevor Keels is keeping his name in the 2022 NBA Draft and will forfeit his remaining eligibility to Duke, a source told ESPN on Wednesday.

Keels had until 11:59 p.m. ET to remove his name from the NBA draft and retain his eligibility and return to school, which he chose not to do.

The 6-foot-5 Keels are projected as ESPN’s No. 26 pick in the 2022 draft. He is one of the youngest players currently projected to be selected at just 18 years old. Keels was named to the ACC All-Rookie Team after a strong freshman season at Duke that included a 25-point outburst in the season opener of the Champions Classic against Kentucky at Madison. SquareGarden. He finished strong with a 19-point outing in the NCAA Final Four against North Carolina, the final game of head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s career.

A two-way guard with a solid frame and 6-7 span, Keels intrigues NBA teams due to his combination of toughness, off-court intangibles, game acumen, defensive versatility, and creativity. passage which he demonstrates. He’s shown momentum in some of Duke’s biggest games this season, coming to life as a shooter and finisher around the basket at several crucial moments despite his youth.

The 2022 NBA draft will take place on June 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

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