Providence Native & PC Star David Duke Jr. Declares For 2021 NBA Draft

Providence College Press Release

PROVIDENCE, R.I. –  It was announced today (April 2) that Providence College junior guard David Duke (Providence, R.I.) has hired an agent and he will enter the 2021 NBA Draft.  

“We are appreciative of everything that David has done for our men’s basketball program,” Providence College Head Coach Ed Cooley said.  “David has always had a goal of playing in the NBA.  He is taking another step toward that goal and we wish him all the best.  Over the past three seasons, David has worked very hard to improve himself and help make our team better.  He has always represented the program in a first-class manner.  We look forward to watching his professional career and seeing all the great things that he will achieve.”

Duke, who averaged a team-best 4.8 apg, ranked second in the league in assists.  He finished second on the team in scoring at 16.8 ppg.  He was fourth overall in the league in scoring.  The junior ranked first in the league in minutes played at 37.1 mpg. He also led PC in steals (1.2 spg), while averaging 6.3 rebounds per game, which was second best on the squad. Duke shot 39 percent (144-372) from the field, including 39 percent (51-131) from three-point territory.   He was named BIG EAST Player of the Week twice and earned league Honor Roll accolades five times.  Duke scored a season-high 31 points in the Friars’ win over Marquette on January 27.  He was 10-22 from the field, including 4-8 from three.  He also scored 30 points while shooting 11-18 from the field, including 7-9 from three-point territory in the Friars’ loss at Xavier on January 10.  Duke has posted three 30-point efforts in his career.  He scored his 1,000th career point on February 24 in the Friars’ win versus Xavier.  He became the 52nd Friar all-time to register 1,000 career points.  In 91 career games, Duke registered 1,051 points (11.5 ppg).  He concludes his career as a Friar ranked 47th all-time in scoring.

For his efforts this season, Duke earned U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) All-District 1 honors, All-BIG EAST Second Team accolades and NABC All-District 5 Second Team honors in March.

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