Top Recruit Jabari Parker Facing Backlash for Duke Committment

By Jared Mintz
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Whether or not you think Chicago Simeon senior Jabari Parker made the right choice by committing to Duke on Thursday, or you think he made the wrong choice, he’s an aspiring collegiate athlete and he’s entitled to not only the college experience of his preference, but to make whatever decision he wants to make.


“Fans are just now giving me a hard time. They sometimes just forget I’m a kid,” Parker told “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 on Friday afternoon, during his lunch break. “Real hateful stuff. It’s no problem, though. I know it comes with the territory, and it’s just going to make me stronger.”

While a lot of the negative attention Parker received came on Twitter – a lot of which seems to have been from North Carolina fans, surprise surprise – the 6-foot-8 wing stayed composed despite profanity laced comments, and even bearing some comments stating that he shouldn’t make the NBA after this decision.

Despite awful tweets like “Ur a loser. Have fun not having a pro career after duke #dukesucks #UNC,” the poised Parker, who admitted that it was difficult to choose Duke over Tom Izzo and Michigan State, had a response for his negative tweeps.

“Trying to grow up fast. Act with a lot of class. I want to be respectful ALL the time. Sometimes people forget I’m 17#strivingforcharacter.”

The number-two prospect in the class of 2013 has shown a lot of class and respect during his recruiting process, which also included BYU, Stanford, and Florida, but will make a fantastic impact playing on another one of Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils teams next season.

Stay composed young man, #hatersgonhate.

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