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Duke's Henderson declares for NBA draft

Posted by on Sat, Apr 25, 2009 at 4:06 PM

According to Duke University, Gerald Henderson has declared for the NBA draft:

“After a lot of thought and discussion with my family and the Duke coaching staff, I have decided to enter the NBA Draft,” said Henderson. “Playing in the NBA has been a goal of mine since a young age and I am thrilled to have the opportunity. My three years at Duke have been a tremendous learning experience and have helped me develop both as a person and as a player.”

Along with Kyle Singler, Henderson led the Blue Devils this year in scoring with 16.5 ppg, and was the second-highest contributor in assists (2.5 ) and rebounds (4.9) per game. Other than seniors Greg Paulus and David McClure, he is the only player from the 2008-09 roster to leave.

Duke has been top-heavy behind the arc, and Henderson's departure--though it will deal a big blow to the team's offensive production--may open up the 3-spot to Elliot Williams, a natural swingman who filled in as a point guard late in the season. That would leave the starting point-guard slot to Nolan Smith and/or ... John Wall?

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