Friday, May 13, 2005
Forward was limited by mono last season
ESPN.com news services
DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke forward Shavlik Randolph has declared
himself eligible for the NBA draft, the school said Friday.
Randolph, whose three seasons at the school were punctuated by
injuries and illness, averaged 6.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.4
blocked shots in 92 career games. He has a career field goal
percentage of .506.
"I support Shavlik 100 percent," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a release.
Early injuries delayed Randolph's development, and he had
surgery on his left hip after his freshman season. When he
returned, he played in all 37 games in 2003-04, averaging a modest
7 points while starting only 10 games.
Last season, Randolph began feeling tired in early December, and
he bottomed out in a victory over Oklahoma on Dec. 18, fouling out
in 14 minutes with no points and one rebound. He was diagnosed with
Randolph sat out four games while recuperating, and slowly
worked his way back into the rotation. He soon returned to his
starting role, giving the Blue Devils another inside presence to go
with center Shelden Williams.
Duke won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament title, but
lost in the third round of the NCAA tournament. The draft is June
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.