McRoberts Done at Duke
Josh McRoberts - (AP Photo/Don Heupel)
Josh McRoberts - (AP Photo/Don Heupel)
Posted Mar 22, 2007

Josh McRoberts, the versatile sophomore forward, who averaged 13 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists this past season, met with Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski on Tuesday night and will bypass his final two years in Durham.

Josh McRoberts had met with Coach K after his freshman season and the two had pretty much decided that he would leave after this season.

"I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that I have had here at Duke," McRoberts said, according to The Associated Press. "This was a difficult decision, but I feel it is the best one for me and my family at this point in time. I will miss Duke, the coaching staff and my teammates, but it has always been goal of mine to play in the NBA."

Several online draft projections have McRoberts, one of two sophomore team captains for Duke, as an early- to mid-first-round pick. The draft is June 28 in New York.

Krzyzewski said he supports McRoberts' decision to turn pro.

"In the past couple of days, I've had the opportunity to meet with Josh and his mother," Krzyzewski said. "Josh has been a terrific player for us for the past two years, and he will be even better in the future as a professional. Based on our information, it is time for him to move on to the next level, and we are ready to help him in any and every way during this process."

While extremely talented, the 6-foot-9 Indiana native never quite lived up to expectations set for him in Durham. He was never able to take the leadership role or become the go-to guy on the offensive end.

McRoberts' career came to an end in the Blue Devils first-round loss to VCU.

McRoberts is expected to sign with Arn Tellum, according to sources close to McRoberts.

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