Duke freshman and pick the expected lottery Galen Johnson He chooses to exit the rest of the season and will announce the NBA draft, according to the school.
Johnson, 13th on the ESPN 100 list last season, had a high and low season with the Blue Devils. He opened his career with 19 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists against Coppin State but suffered a foot injury two weeks later and missed three matches. After returning to the starting lineup, Johnson has been knocked off the bench for the past three matches. He played 23 minutes in the last two games, and scored just three points in eight minutes against NC State last weekend.
“I appreciate everything about my time at Duke,” Johnson said in a press release from Duke Monday night. “Coach (Mike Krzyzewski), my teammates and the program have been only supportive throughout this season, especially while rehabilitating my foot injury. My family and my coach have made a decision not to play the remainder of this season so I can be 100% healthy in preparation for a draft. NBA. “
In 13 matches, Johnson averaged 11.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
“It wasn’t easy, but we feel it is the best for my future,” Johnson said. “I have nothing but love for the brothers and I thank my teammates and everyone who participated in the program. You will always have a special place in my heart and they will always be a part of me.”
Johnson hasn’t played a full season since his middle school year in high school. When he was very old, he left IMG Academy without playing any game before making up for nine games at Nicollet High School (Wisconsin).
“While we are encouraged by what we see medically, regarding Galen’s future, we believe that this decision is in his interest,” Krzyowski said in the statement. “We are keen in the end with each of our players and will continue to support Galen as he progresses towards his goal of playing professional basketball.”
ESPN ranked Johnson No. 6 in the Draft NBA Rankings, No. 1 Young Forward in the Class.
Myron Medcalf contributed to this report.