By Taylor Sturm @TSturmRS on April 2, 2014
Jabari Parker came into the season with the expectation of being a one-and-done player for the Duke Blue Devils. Duke fell out of the 2014 NCAA tournament earlier than expected, and Parker's NBA declaration is expected to come soon. Here are five reasons why Parker would be making the right choice by declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft.
If there’s one factor that people see as the main reason why players become one-and-dones, it’s money. As a projected top-three pick, Parker would be paid more than million a season.
Parker was ready for the NBA when he came out of high school. To stay in college another year would be an insult to his talent.
I know this is an old cliche, but Parker played over 1000 minutes of basketball as a freshman. 1000 minutes is common for marquee players, but not many of them take the kind of abuse that Parker does from opposing defenses. He may be in tremendous physical shape, but eventually those minutes add up.
If you paid close attention to Duke basketball last season, Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker were the team's main consistent players. With Hood gone, Parker has no reason to remain with the Blue Devils because their national championship chances have diminished greatly. A new wave of Blue Devils must rise to the challenge.
Wherever Parker might go, he'd be heralded as the savior of the team. With the potential to end up with a legendary basketball team like the Los Angeles Lakers, Parker could be coming out of college at the perfect time.
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