Friday, March 5, 2010

Duke's Smith to return for senior season

DURHAM - Duke junior guard Nolan Smith confirmed Friday that he will return to the Blue Devils for his senior season.

Although Smith ranks fourth in the ACC at 17.5 points per game, he has not been the subject of nearly as much speculation about leaving early for the NBA as junior teammate Kyle Singler.

Nonetheless, Smith was asked during a Friday media availability whether he'll be back.

"I'm coming back next year, of course," he said.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has said Singler will wait until the season ends before deciding whether he wants to forgo his senior season and leave for the NBA.

Ken Tysiac


Anonymous said...

Great news! Hopefully Singler will return as well, and DUKE will be final four caliber!

Anonymous said...

Where was he going? He's nowhere near the player Henderson was and we all see how ill prepared he is to get off an NBA bench. Best for him to stay another year and work on getting better.

GK said...

Neither Singler nor Smith are ready for the NBA in my opinion. Both will play at the next level and by committing to remain another year at Duke, I think Smith will be better prepared to make an impact in the NBA. Too bad Gerald Henderson didn't stay another year, while playing Horse with Michael must be fun, I think he'd rather be playing than riding the bench.

Hopefully Nolan saw this and Singler will take notice. If both can be consistent impact players next year and lead Duke to another great season, I think their NBA stock will rise much higher.