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Duke men's basketball's Cassius Stanley hints at future with cryptic social media posts

Stanley's unique athleticism makes him an appealing NBA Draft candidate.
Stanley's unique athleticism makes him an appealing NBA Draft candidate.

It was almost a year ago that then-freshman point guard Tre Jones sent the Duke men's basketball world into a frenzy with a series of mystifying social media posts.

Current freshman guard Cassius Stanley seems to be following his captain's lead.

Stanley posted a picture on his Instagram account Wednesday afternoon of himself walking into the distance with the caption "What's Next?"

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Two comments on Stanley's post will likely attract interest from Blue Devil fans as well: one via fellow freshman center Vernon Carey Jr. and another from Duke men's basketball's official Instagram account.

Stanley's Instagram post came less than an hour after he posted an equally cryptic post on his Twitter account, indicating that a decision could be on the horizon or, at the very least, it's on his mind.

Nearly a week later, sophomore forward Joey Baker joined in on the action, tweeting "2TAY" and tagging Stanley in the post.

Stanley responded to the tweet with the following message.

As we all know, Jones' social media posts from last year did lead to the eventual announcement that he would return to Durham for his sophomore season. It remains to be seen what Stanley's decision might be, as well as what kind of effect it might have on the Blue Devils' current roster.

Even with Alex O'Connell transferring, Duke's 2020-21 squad is loaded at wing. Both Baker and Wendell Moore Jr. appear likely to return, with five star recruits Jalen Johnson and DJ Steward joining them. When Jones announced he was returning last April, then-Blue Devil commit Boogie Ellis soon asked to be released from his Letter of Intent and decided to instead play for Memphis.

Stanley averaged 12.6 points and 4.9 rebounds this past season and was named to the ACC's All-Freshman Team. Sports Illustrated's Jeremy Woo described the 21-year-old last month as a likely draft pick with first-round potential.

Editor's note: This story was updated Tuesday afternoon following Baker and Stanley's most recent exchange.