Say what you will about the Duke Blue Devils‘ season, but they made their usual run deep in the NCAA Tournament. While not winning the National Championship might feel like a disappointment to some, the run was just another example of the Blue Devils being a yearly threat to win the whole shebang.
Now, soon to be former Dukie, Ryan Kelly has to face life post-college and will be working hard to make an NBA team after undergoing successful foot surgery this past Tuesday.
Kelly missed a slew of games this past season with the injury, but was able to return to the team during the tail-end of the regular season. The finesse forward was able to contribute in big ways for the Blue Devils upon his return and many felt his improvement from his freshman year to his senior was nothing short of astonishing.
The surgery will sideline the potential draft pick up to 12 weeks. That would make him healthy right around the time of this year’s NBA Draft. Many experts feel that Kelly is a second round quality type of player, however, with the class being as weak as it is don’t be surprised if a team was to take a flyer on him late in the first round.
It will be hard to gauge how teams feel about his collegiate career translating to the pros. Kelly certainly improved each year in college, but the end of his career was certainly hampered by the injury. Now, fully healthy, it will be interesting to see how much potential general managers think Kelly still has left.