Duquesne’s front court could be getting a bit thinner after another departure, although this one is not due to the transfer portal.
Dukes forward Kevin Easley Jr. announced on Saturday his intentions to enter the 2022 NBA Draft—although he won’t sign with an agent— and could make the decision to return to Duquesne.
Easley announced his decision on Twitter by releasing this statement:
“I would like to thank God for allowing me to play this game. I would like to personally thank Duquesne University for welcoming me with open arms and allowing me to be myself. To my family, friends and supporters who have followed my journey, Thank you for your support! Basketball has been a staple of my life since the day it was introduced to me as a kid. It’s taught the value of discipline, obedience, perseverance, character and teamwork. I feel that it is important to consider all of my options in order to make a decision that is best for my future. With that being said, I am excited to declare for the 2022 NBA Draft while maintaining my collegiate eligibility.”
Easley arrived at Duquesne last season after transferring from TCU. In 30 games, the 6’7″ forward averaged 10.7 points and 6.6 rebounds in 31.8 minutes per game. Easley shot 39.9% from the field and 33.3% from 3-point range. As a freshman at TCU, Easley averaged 14.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and shot 44.4% from the field and 39.7% from 3-point range in 28.1 minutes per game.
If Easley decides to stay in the NBA Draft, that will create a big hole in terms of skill and leadership that the Dukes staff would be forced to fill through the transfer portal.