New York Knicks pick Duke basketball's Trevor Keels in 2022 NBA Draft

New York Knicks pick Duke basketball’s Trevor Keels in 2022 NBA Draft

The decision not to return to Duke basketball for a sophomore season paid off for Trevor Keels.

On Thursday night, Keels was selected No. 42 overall in the second round by the New York Knicks in the NBA Draft, becoming the fifth and final Duke player off the board.

The 6-foot-4 freshman guard helped Duke win the ACC regular-season title and reach the Final Four but struggled to decide if he should stay in college.

“Really turned. He was torn, man. … All the way up to the end he was torn,” Duke assistant Chris Carrawell said. “He was really torn. Because Trev is 18 years old. You can come back and be one of the best players in the country. Or, I say to all these guys, the NBA trumps everything.”

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