He's not done yet.
Just over a month removed from declaring for the NBA Draft, rising senior guard Jeremy Roach, Duke's lone captain from the 2022-23 season, announced his return for a fourth year in Durham Monday morning via social media. The decision comes after teammates and potential draft prospects Tyrese Proctor, Mark Mitchell and Kyle Filipowski announced their returns for their sophomore seasons, and before the withdrawal deadline closes May 31.
In his junior season with the Blue Devils, Roach averaged 13.6 points and 3.1 assists per game, both good for second behind Filipowski and Proctor, respectively. The Leesburg, Va., native made a name for himself in Duke’s biggest games of the season, including both games against archrival North Carolina, the ACC championship game against Virginia and the first-round NCAA matchup with Oral Roberts.
The 6-foot-2 guard excelled in 2022-23 playing in a more off-ball role, handing point guard responsibilities to Proctor. The change freed Roach up to become a much greater scoring threat and open lanes to the rim, drastically improving Duke’s offensive output and the synergy between its two talented guards.
Across his career in Durham, Roach has averaged 10.3 points per game and has started all three years. With Roach withdrawing from the draft, head coach Jon Scheyer returns one of his most productive players and outspoken leaders, further adding to an already stacked roster featuring the top incoming class in the country.
ESPN has the Blue Devils as preseason No. 1 in its Way Too Early Top 25.
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Andrew Long is a Trinity sophomore and sports editor of The Chronicle's 119th volume.