As expected, Duke’s two one-and-done big men were taken in the lottery of Thursday’s 2018 NBA Draft.
Marvin Bagley III, the ACC Player and Rookie of the Year, went second overall to the Sacramento Kings, with Arizona center Deandre Ayton going No. 1 to Phoenix. Wendell Carter Jr., Bagley’s frontcourt mate with the Blue Devils, was selected seventh by the Chicago Bulls.
The Charlotte Hornets, picking 11th, selected Kentucky point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, but then sent him to the Clippers for Michigan State forward Miles Bridges (picked at No. 12) and two future second-round picks.
The Clippers, also picking at 13th, then selected Raleigh native Jerome Robinson, a guard who starred at Boston College.
Blue Devils senior sniper Grayson Allen went 21st to Utah, the third Duke player picked in the first round.
Shooting guards Lonnie Walker IV (Miami) and Josh Okogie (Georgia Tech) went 18th to San Antonio and 20th to Minnesota, respectively, making it six ACC players taken in the first round.
Kansas’ Devonte Graham, who went to Broughton High in Raleigh — and played one year with Robinson there — and originally committed to Appalachian State, went 34th overall to the Hawks in Round 2. The Hornets then brought Graham back to North Carolina, trading future picks to acquire the Jayhawks guard from Atlanta.
Gary Trent Jr. became the fourth Blue Devil selected when he was picked in the second round (37th overall) by the Kings, but then was flipped to Portland in exchange for future draft picks.
With a second-round pick, the Hornets then picked Lithuanian guard Arnoldas Kulboka with the 55th overall pick.
Duke’s Trevon Duval, UNC’s Theo Pinson and Joel Berry II, and Wake Forest’s Doral Moore and Bryant Crawford all went undrafted.
It is the first time since 2011 the Tar Heels didn’t have a player drafted.