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Duke forward Javin DeLaurier is returning for his senior season. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Javin DeLaurier will return for his senior season at Duke.

The former St. Anne’s-Belfield standout announced his decision in an Instagram post on Wednesday afternoon.

“Let’s run it back one more time with my brothers,” DeLaurier wrote.

DeLaurier, a 6-foot-10, 234-pound forward, started 16 games for the Blue Devils this past season, averaging 3.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

He took on a bigger role during Duke’s NCAA Tournament run, playing more than 20 minutes in the team’s final three postseason games. He finished with a double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) in Duke’s Elite Eight loss to Michigan State.

The former Central Virginia boys basketball player of the year also served in a leadership role this past season, helping to mentor Duke’s talented freshman class.

“He takes care of everybody,” former Duke guard RJ Barrett said during the season. “He’s like the team dad. If you ever need something, you go to Jav.”

Now DeLaurier will return to Durham to lead another talented class of freshman players, led by five-star recruits Vernon Carey and Matthew Hurt.

“He’s a leader,” former Duke guard Cam Reddish said.

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John Shifflett is The Daily Progress sports editor. You can contact him at (434) 978-7250, jshifflett2@dailyprogress.com, or @John_Shifflett.

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