Shavlik Randolph Will Not Return

Sources close to the situation have confirmed to TheDevilsDen.com that Shavlik Randolph will not return to Duke for his senior season.

The 6-foot-10 240 pound big forward has decided to move on from Duke after playing three seasons in Durham.

"It's done. He's going to stay in the draft," a source close to the situation told TDD.

Randolph, who averaged 4.4 points and 4.3 rebounds as a junior is not expected to be a first round pick, and is questionable for the second round.

Should he not hear his name called during next week's draft, Randolph will have the chance to sign as an undrafted free agent and play in the NBA summer league with eyes on making a roster for the 2005-2006 season.

Sources indicate that the Randolph camp has been in contact with several teams about this scenario and has received positive feedback.

The loss of Randolph virtually assures incoming high school Player of the Year Josh McRoberts a starting spot alongside National Defensive Player of the Year Shelden Williams in the Duke frontcourt. However, the loss of Randolph deals a blow to the Blue Devils' post depth, which will now be comprised of uproven freshmen in the form of McDonalds All American Eric Boateng, and California Player of the Year Jamal Boykin. Fifth year senior walk-on Patrick Johnson rounds out the interior rotation.

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