A record seven players are leaving a
The exodus, which featured Kentucky's top seven scorers, could have been even greater.
"If Alex Poythress doesn't get hurt, it would've been eight," Coach
Also going pro, as expected, is
"As early as I can remember, I've fantasized and dreamed of the day that I could play professional basketball," Okafor said in a statement issued by the school three days after the Blue Devils won the
Coach Mike Krzyzewski called it a "great decision."
Okafor averaged 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds and shot 66% — all team bests — and became the first freshman in Atlantic Coast Conference history to be named league player of the year. He also led the team with a 15-point average during the NCAA tournament.
Okafor becomes Duke's sixth one-and-done player and its fourth in five years, with the most recent additions to that club being Kyrie Irving, Austin Rivers and Jabari Parker. There could be more: Two of Okafor's classmates — Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones, the most outstanding player at the Final Four — also are serious candidates to jump to the pros.