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Duke to hold pro days, ban scouts from rest of practices

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Duke University will hold two pro days for NBA scouts to come take a look at potential prospects. Those two sessions will be held on Oct. 19 and Oct. 25. Though scouts will be welcome to attend any game the team plays, the university will be banning them from all other team practices.

The two pro days will be held at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The NBA regular season also starts on Oct. 25. Duke, which has never held a pro day, will put on a skills session on Oct. 19 while the session on the 25th will include a full scrimmage, complete with game officials.

The University of Kentucky takes a similar approach, though it usually holds the practices on back-to-back days. The fact that Duke split its pro day—including putting one on the same day as the NBA season opener—will be talked about among the league’s general managers.

Freshmen forwards Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles both have the potential to be lottery picks. Giles is a 6-foot-11, 230-pound player that played for Oak Hill Academy in high school. Tatum, from St. Louis, is 6-foot-8 and will make for a tall, slender small forward at the next level who can score the basketball at will.

In addition to those two youngsters, Grayson Allen should be a first-round pick in next year’s draft as well. Duke, a program always stocked with players that have pro potential, should draw plenty of scouts for these two pro days.

Duke to hold pro days, ban scouts from rest of practices

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