Jalen Duren of Memphis to enter 2022 NBA draft and sign with agent | Launderer’s report
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Potential lottery pick Jalen Duren is heading to the NBA after just one season with the Memphis Tigers.
Duren told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony that he was in the 2022 NBA draft and planned to sign with an agent. The big man averaged 12.0 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game while shooting 59.7% from the field in his only college campaign.
The 18-year-old seemed destined for the NBA for quite some time.
Givony noted that the Pennsylvania native made waves at the age of 15 when he was a member of the United States basketball team that won a gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship. U16. He also graduated from high school a year early and played his first game for the Tigers at age 17.
The 6’11”, 250-pound Duren came to Memphis as a 5-star prospect and is in the school’s No. 1 class of 2021, according to 247Sports composite rankings.
However, the Tigers’ results never lived up to the hype. Memphis struggled consistently on their way to a No. 9 seed in the NCAA Men’s Tournament and were knocked out in the second round by Gonzaga.
Five-star 2021 rookie Emoni Bates also looks set to leave Memphis given he is in the transfer gate.
Despite the Tigers’ overall inconsistency, Duren showed his potential with nine double-doubles throughout the season. One of them came in the team’s first-round win over Boise State in the Big Dance, and another came when he had 21 points and 20 rebounds in a tournament game. the American Athletic Conference against UCF.
“I can’t wait to show people in the NBA how much I’ve improved with my skill level and what my game is with my touch around the basket and my shot on the ball,” he said. “There are a lot of little things I can bring to an NBA team with my effort, my energy, my mindset and my work ethic. I’m determined to win. I’ll do whatever it takes to get the W.”
Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman projected that Duren would be the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 12th overall pick in their final mock draft.