Boozer to turn pro

Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2001

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke center Carlos Boozer, a former Juneau-Douglas High School star, will join All-America teammate Jason Williams and leave school for the pros after next season, according to Blue Devils assistant coach Chris Collins.

Collins says Boozer plans to leave after his junior year and will make himself available for the NBA draft. Boozer averaged 13.3 points and 6.5 rebounds as a sophomore last season when the Blue Devils won their third national championship under coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Williams, a point guard, said earlier this year that he plans to graduate early and next season will be his last with the Blue Devils.

"What we're trying to do is be proactive," Collins said. "Kids look to leave early and we try to work with them and plan what's good for them."

When he visited Juneau this spring, Boozer said he would be within a couple of credits of his degree in social psychology after the next school year. He hinted then that he planned to stay at Duke for his junior season before moving on to the NBA.

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