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Duke And The NBA Combine

Seems to be going fairly well for just about everyone

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NCAA Basketball: Elon University at Duke
Nov 10, 2017; Durham, NC, USA; The Duke Blue Devils starters (left to right) forward Wendell Carter Jr.(34) along with forward Marvin Bagley III (35) and guard Grayson Allen(3) and guard Gary Trent Jr. (2) and guard Trevon Duval (1) wait to be announced prior to a game against the Elon Phoenix at Cameron Indoor Stadium
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With five guys at the NBA combine, there’s likely to be a lot of news for Duke. So let’s get to it.

First, although just about everyone expects the Phoenix Suns to take DeAndre Ayton with the first pick, they’re not publicly committed to that.

Far from it in fact.

GM Ryan McDonough told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that Phoenix is considering all its options. They talked to Marvin Bagley at the Combine and have even floated trading the pick. And Luka Doncic, the European wunderkind, isn’t sure he’s ready to leave Europe. So who knows?

Wendell Carter, meanwhile, was asked about his mother’s recent comments about the NCAA, his relationship with Coach K and Bagley, and on how he feels about playing for Chicago.

Trevon Duval meanwhile had the second highest vertical in the Combine (41.5 inches).

Gary Trent worked out for the Trailblazers and also had 22 points in the Combine scrimmage. He also endorsed Carter for The Athletic:

“Teams can expect, if they draft Wendell, that he’s a hard worker. A terrific player but an even better person. He’s caring. He’s loving. There’s more to him than just being a basketball player.”

He also recorded a solid standing vertical at 33.5”.

Grayson Allen meanwhile is focusing on his elite athleticism and his competitive nature and expecting that NBA teams will too.

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