Duke Basketball is known for their success, but also for the athletes that are there for one year then go to the NBA. Today we’re counting down the Top 10 Duke One and Done Players since 2010
10. Brandon Ingram
In his one year at Duke, Ingram averaged 17 PPG and 6.8 APG. He never had a standout game at Duke; however, his career high was 26 points against Georgia Southern. What really stood out for Ingram was his NCAA Tournament run in 2016. In only three games, he had 69 points and 19 rebounds. After his one year in 2015-2016, Ingram became the 2nd pick in the NBA Draft.
9. Jayson Tatum
Tatum averaged 16.7 PPG and 7.3 RPG during the 2016-2017 season at Duke. He is known for memorable dunks and that trend started against UNC when he dunked on Kennedy Meeks. In the 2017 NCAA Tournament he averaged, 16.5 PPG and was shooting 44% in two games. Tatum was the 3rd pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.
8. Justise Winslow
One of the best two-way players in the Duke Basketball program; Winslow averaged 12.6 PPG and 6.5 RPG. His athleticism was unlike any other player at the time in 2014-2015. His career game was in the NCAA Tournament against Utah when he scored 21 points and shot 61%. During the Championship run in 2015, Winslow put up 16 PPG in six games.
7. Tyus Jones
Another player on the 2015 Championship team, Jones averaged 11.8 PPG and 5.6 APG. After scoring only 9 points in the Final Four game against Michigan State, Jones had 23 points in the Championship Game. With Duke down by one, Jones hit a big three that would give hope for Duke in the final four minutes of the game. He showed up when it mattered. He was the 24th pick in the NBA Draft.
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6. Vernon Carey Jr.
Last season Carey was dominant on the floor for Duke; he put up 17.8 PPG and 8 RPG. He had a career high against California with 31 points and 12 rebounds. He had 15 double doubles during his one year at Duke, which is third all time. Carey was a monster in the paint and was a unique athlete with his build and size.
5. Jabari Parker
During the 2013-2014 season, Parker averaged 19.1 PPG and 8.7 RPG. One of the most dominate freshmans in his class, Parker did not disappoint. His career high against UNC was 30 points and 11 rebounds. Although the Duke tournament run was cut short against Mercer, Parker still fought till the end. He was the second pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
4. RJ Barrett
In the best class this decade, RJ Barrett never slowed down all season. He averaged 22.6 PPG 7.6 RPG. Barrett had one of the best shots on the 2018-2019 team. He broke the ACC single season scoring record with 860 points. He might have been in the shadows of Zion Williamson, but he still performed each night. He was the 3rd pick in the NBA Draft.
3. Jahlil Okafor
Okafor was one of the most dominant Centers in the 2014-2015 season. Averaging, 17.3 PPG and 8.5 RPG Okafor was a BEAST! With him as the role player on the 2014-2015 Duke team the offense ran through him. The importance of Okafor carried over into the NCAA Tournament. He went third overall in the NBA Draft.
2. Marvin Bagley
Bagley averaged 21.0 PPG and 11.1 RPG. His size and length benefited him in the 2017-2018 season. He was one of the best Duke players in the last decade (statistically). Winning ACC Player Of The Year was the cherry on top for a player like Bagley. He also could get up there for a center; creating some highlight plays. Bagley was the 2nd pick in the NBA Draft.
1. Zion Williamson
The most hyped player since LeBron James did not disappoint one bit. Williamson averaged 22.6 PPG and 8.9 RPG in his only season at Duke. From his dunks to monsterous rebounds and to the highlight plays he made, Zion dominated College Basketball. Zion’s career high at Duke was 35 points against Syracuse. He was the 1st pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.