Prep basketball sensation Jabari Parker finally made his decision about his college hoops career, and now the world can return to its regular schedule.
After months of hype, Parker has decided to take his talents to Duke, and while some will question his decision to go to the Blue Devils, I’m not going to be among them.
Duke is a good place to play college basketball. The Blue Devils are always in the discussion for a national championship every season and head coach Mike Krzyzewski is one of the best coaches in the business.
“Duke is always going to be in the tournament,” Parker said in a press conference. “You can’t go wrong at the program and most importantly, the long-term investment. I feel like if I go there, I can get a good degree. I can also stay close to home where it’s easily accessible to my parents, my family. It’s not too far away. Coach K, that’s one of the best coaches ever, and I wanted to be able to experience the things that he has next year.”
Parker has said that he may not go the one-and-done route, and honestly, I hope he does stick around for two or three years, or maybe all four years.
What I like about Parker is that he does have a good head on his shoulders. He not only performs at a high level on the court, but he does the same off of it as well.
Parker has set an example worth admiring, and his qualities as a person are just as impressive as his skills as a basketball player.
I can’t imagine what it’s like to play with the expectations that Parker has on his shoulders. It can’t be easy on a day-to-day basis, but Parker has handled it well and his future at Duke is bright.
Whether anyone else thinks his decision to go to Duke was a good one doesn’t matter. It was the best choice for Parker and there is no question that he will make the most of it.
Brian Lester is a featured Big Ten columnist and college basketball writer for Rant Sports. He is a member of the United States Basketball Writers Association as well.
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