Tyus Jones Declares for 2015 NBA Draft: Latest Details and Reaction

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistApril 15, 2015

USA Today

After a championship-winning freshman season at Duke, highly touted point guard Tyus Jones announced his decision to enter the 2015 NBA draft Wednesday.  

Duke men's basketball's Twitter account made the news official:

After Jones revealed his intention, he made it clear that he will forever treasure his time as a member of the Blue Devils, per GoDuke.com:

Coming to Duke was a dream of mine and being a part of such a special team was amazing. I knew coming in I would be a part of a great team, but I never envisioned I would be a part of such an incredible family. That is what has made winning a national championship such an amazing experience. I am faced with the tough decision of returning to a place I love or pursuing my next dream. 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 also spoke on his departure from the Blue Devils via Instagram:

The 6'1" point guard will join his freshman teammates, forward Justise Winslow and center Jahlil Okafor, who previously declared as well.

Jones averaged 11.8 points, 5.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game during the 2014-15 campaign. After an especially dominant performance in the national championship game against Wisconsin with 23 points and five boards, Jones received the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player award.

Per ESPN.com's Chad Ford, Jones slots comfortably into the first round of June's draft:

While Jones likely could have become an even better and more complete player with another season under head coach Mike Krzyzewski, there is something to be said about maximizing value.

His stock may never be higher, and it is impossible to fault him for taking advantage of that.

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