Duke sophomore guard Jeremy Roach has announced he is returning to the program for his junior season. The level of play has been up and down both years now for the Blue Devils’ guard, but it appeared there was a breakout moment in the 2022 NCAA Tournament that lasted for a majority of the team’s run to the Final Four. New Head Coach Jon Scheyer has a loaded recruiting class coming in but was lacking experienced depth on the roster. A junior season from Roach is exactly what he and the program needed.
BREAKING: @DukeMBB guard Jeremy Roach will return for his junior season in 2022-23:https://t.co/iVKZprx3GW
— Duke Basketball (@dukebasketball) April 22, 2022
During his sophomore season with the Duke Blue Devils, Jeremy Roach averaged 8.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. He paired those numbers with a field goal percentage of 41 percent and a three-point percentage of 32.2 percent. The former five-star recruit was a vital member of the Duke roster that made a run to the 2022 NCAA Tournament Final Four. A breakout junior year could help improve his draft stock for the 2023 NBA Draft.
Jeremy Roach with a BIG shot for Duke #MarchMadness
— Def Pen Sports (@DefPenSports) March 20, 2022
In past years, former five-star recruits like Jeremy Roach would have likely headed to the NBA Draft at this point. NIL deals for college basketball players have changed that reality. Now Roach can work to improve his draft stock, get a year closer to his degree, and get paid while doing it. The Duke Blue Devils program is at a turning point and will be beginning a new era this upcoming season. Having an experienced upperclassman like Roach is sure to help keep the program stable in its first year under a new Head Coach in decades.