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Duke freshman will enter NBA draft

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III is entering the NBA draft.

Bagley announced his decision Wednesday on his verified Instagram account, saying he “learned a lot this year on and off of the court.”

Duke spokesman Mike DeGeorge said Bagley would “eventually” hire an agent. Bagley is expected to be a high lottery pick.

The AP All-American and Atlantic Coast Conference player and rookie of the year led the conference in scoring and rebounding, averaging 21.0 points and 11.1 rebounds.

Bagley broke nine program records for freshmen, including points (694), scoring average, rebounds (366), rebounding average and double-doubles (22). Only three other players in Division I also averaged at least 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Elsewhere:

n Jalen Brunson of Villanova and Devonte Graham of Kansas are among five players vying for the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball’s player of the year. Brunson and Graham will square off at the Final Four when their teams meet in the national semifinals on Saturday. They, along with Deandre Ayton of Arizona, Marvin Bagley III of Duke and Trae Young of Oklahoma, have been invited to Los Angeles for the 42nd annual presentation of the award on April 6 during the College Basketball Awards.

n Michigan State star Miles Bridges is skipping his final two seasons of eligibility and entering the NBA draft. The school announced Bridges’ departure Wednesday. It came as no surprise after a fine season in which he was named a second-team All-American by The Associated Press. Bridges said he would sign with agent Rich Paul and Klutch Sports.

n DePaul says star guard Max Strus intends to declare for the NBA draft, though he will remain eligible for his senior season by not hiring an agent. Strus averaged a team-leading 16.8 points and hit 81 3-pointers — second on the program’s single-season list — as a junior. The plan announced Wednesday gives him a chance to gauge NBA teams’ interest. He has until June 11 to decide if he will turn pro or stay in school.

n Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl received a vote of confidence from the Tigers’ new athletic director. Allen Greene told WJOX-FM in Birmingham on Wednesday that it’s “absolutely” his intention to stand by Pearl barring further developments from the FBI or NCAA. Auburn hired a Birmingham law firm to conduct a review of Pearl’s program after last September’s arrest of then-associate head coach Chuck Person on federal corruption charges.

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