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RANDOLPH ENTERS NBA DRAFT

Junior forward Shavlik Randolph has declared himself eligible for the NBA draft, which will take place June 28 in New York City.

The Raleigh native averaged 4.4 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest this past season and missed four games while recovering from mononucleosis.

It was his least productive season offensively as a Blue Devil. Randolph averaged 7.4 and 7.0 points per contest in his freshman and sophomore seasons, respectively. When healthy he was a critical part of the Duke defense averaging more than 1.5 blocks per game.

"I support Shavlik 100 percent," head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement Friday. 

Although Randolph started every game in the ACC and NCAA tournaments, there was speculation about how much playing time he would receive next season with the addition of freshman forward Josh McRoberts and center Eric Boateng.

Randolph has not yet hired an agent, and players have until June 21 to remove their names from the draft and retain college eligibility.

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