Darik Whitehead and Derek Lively II are down while Kyle Filipowski is up. None of them are lottery draws. But all three Duke basketball freshmen remain in the first round of the recently updated overall rankings of his 2023 draft prospects.
Whitehead, number 17, is the first Blue Devil to appear on the list. However, the 6-foot-7-inch, 220-pound forward missed his first three games of the season with a broken right leg and played Saturday’s 86-43 win over Georgia Tech with a left leg injury. I missed at His stock is down 12 places from pre-season.
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The next Blue Devil on our list is Filipowski at number 22. But Filipowski’s 16.5 points per game average and his 9.7 rebounds per game in conference play have him up four notches from his last update in the final week of December.
Lively has fallen 9 spots since late December and 21 spots since late August to 29th. That said, this update marks the day before the former 5-star recruit, ranked #1 in 247Sports 2022 Composite, had his best game as a Blue Devil with 9 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Published on Friday. at Georgia Tech.
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Freshman forward Mark Mitchell, meanwhile, is the only player other than Filipowski to appear and start in all 21 games for Duke Basketball this season, failing to appear in either the first or second round in the first two games. It currently sits in 58th place overall, after failing to do so.
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For some reason, freshman guard Tyrese Proctor not only disappeared from the first round of this go-round, but also in the second, despite admirably coordinating Blue Devil’s offense over the past few weeks. did not show up. He averaged 11.8 points, 4.6 assists and just 1.0 turnovers over the last five games.
Perhaps there is fresh speculation among draft pundits that Proctor will return for his sophomore campaign.
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