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Friday, May 13, 2005
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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 mononucleosis.

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 28.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.