As Bullock leaves, here's a look at some past early departures from Duke, UNC, NC State

April 16, 2013 

North Carolina’s Reggie Bullock on Tuesday announced he’s leaving school early to enter the NBA draft. N.C. State juniors Lorenzo Brown and C.J. Leslie declared earlier. Here’s a look at how other early entrants from Duke, North Carolina and N.C. State have fared in the NBA since the 2008 draft class:


Year drafted; Player; Draft position; team

2012; Austin Rivers; 1st round, 10th pick; New Orleans

Rivers has averaged 6.2 points and 2.1 assists during his rookie season with the Hornets.

2011; Kyrie Irving; 1st round, 1st pick; Cleveland

Irving is regarded as one of the best young players in the NBA. He’s averaging a career-high 22.4 points and 5.9 assists with the Cavaliers.

2009; Gerald Henderson; 1st round, 12th pick; Charlotte

Henderson has missed portions of all of his pro seasons; he’s averaging a career-high 15.5 points in 67 games with the Bobcats this season.


Year drafted; Player; Draft position; team

2012; Harrison Barnes; 1st round, 7th pick; Golden State

Barnes has averaged 9.3 points and 4 rebounds per game in his rookie season with the Warriors. He has started every game.

2012; Kendall Marshall; 1st round, 13th pick; Phoenix

Marshall has split time between the NBA and the D-League this season, and is averaging 3 points and 2.7 assists per game in 47 games with the Phoenix Suns.

2012; John Henson; 1st round, 14th pick; Milwaukee

Henson had 17 points, 25 rebounds, 7 blocks last week against Orlando. He has averaged 5.7 points and 4.5 rebounds in about 13 minutes of playing time with the Bucks.

2010; Ed Davis; 1st round, 13th pick; Toronto

A midseason trade sent Davis to Memphis, where he’s averaged a career-low 5.2 points and 4.3 rebounds in about 15 minutes per game.

2009; Ty Lawson; 1st round, 18th pick, Minnesota

Lawson has spent all four seasons with the Denver Nuggets. He’s become one of the best young point guards in the NBA and is averaging a career-high 16.7 points and 6.9 assists per game this season.

2009; Wayne Ellington; 1st round, 28th pick; Minnesota

Now with his third team in five seasons, Ellington is averaging a career-high 10.4 points per game with the Cleveland Cavaliers.


Year drafted; Player; Draft position; team

2008; J.J. Hickson; 1st round, 19th pick; Cleveland

Hickson has played for three teams in his five seasons. He has started every game this season for the Portland Trail Blazers, and is averaging 12.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game.

Andrew Carter

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