Jones leaving Duke for NBA

Jones was the second freshman in Duke history to score 400 points and have 200 assists. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Duke Blue Devils point guard Tyus Jones announced Wednesday that he will leave school early and enter the 2015 NBA Draft.

An 18-year-old freshman from Apple Valley, Minn., Jones played a starring role in Duke’s national championship run. He scored a game-high 23 points in a national championship game win over the Wisconsin Badgers, with 8 of those points coming in the final 5 minutes.

Jones was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, capping off a freshman season in which he averaged 11.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game.

After boosting his stock during the NCAA Tournament, Jones will likely be selected in the first round of the draft, and he may even sneak into the tail end of the lottery.

Meanwhile, Duke has another highly-touted freshman point guard in Grayson Allen, who could replace Jones as the starter next season.