One-And-Done Gem becomes Duke Basketball’s 56th NBA first-rounder

During the 2024 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Wednesday night, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Duke basketball product Jared McCain at No. 16 overall. The 20-year-old McCain, who heard his name before 20-year-old Duke basketball teammate and fellow greenroomer Kyle Filipowski, is the 56th first-round selection and the 109th drafted player of all time. Blue Devils.

That list of Duke first-rounders — a remarkable 41 since 1998 alone — includes at least one in thirteen of the past fourteen drafts.

And by Wednesday night, the number will likely rise to 58 as Filipowski appears in the top 30 on the most recent big boards and mock drafts. However, at the time of this article’s publication, Duke’s two-year-old 7-footer had yet to come off the board.

Filipowski’s addition to the club would mark the 14th time multiple Blue Devils became first-rounders on the same night and the seventh time in the past 10 years.

As a sharp-shooting freshman Duke basketball student, 6-foot-4 Jared McCain averaged 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, shooting 41.4 percent from downtown. But as all NBA fans will undoubtedly discover, the former McDonald’s All-American from California’s impact goes far beyond his box scores.

The professional career of TikTok star Jared McCain, now the third player from the Jon Scheyer era to be drafted, should be a joy to follow.

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