The No. 2 recruit for the 2013 class, Jabari Parker finally made his much anticipated announcement on where he would be playing college basketball on Thursday.
He decided he was going to take his talents to Durham, North Carolina and play for Mike Krzyzewski. He did say turning down Michigan State and playing for Tom Izzo who had been recruiting him was extremely difficult, but how can you pass up playing for Duke.
His decision caused a lot of commotion over social media, mainly twitter. Parker has 36,000 followers on twitter, an account he regretted having on what was suppose to be a night of congratulations.
Parker’s fans and others all tweeted hateful messages regarding Duke basketball and his decision. All sorts of hateful things were said such as; “Ur a loser. Have fun not having a pro career after duke #dukesucks #UNC”.
This is only one example of the thousands of tweets Parker received most of which used profane language. The tweets consisted of harmful words mostly praying for the 17 year old phenom to be a failure at the next level.
Parker sent out a message for his followers late that evening saying “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”.
He also came out in an interview saying that this would only make him stronger and make him want to work harder.
Parker is only 17 years old and this situation is one that a teenager should not have to deal with. Parker had to deal with it and he handled it like a veteran. He did not come out and fire back at his critics, he simply just took and is using it for motivation.
Parker will be joining Duke next season and will look to be successful at the next level after having a great high school career at Simeon Career Academy.
He has already shown he is mature enough for all the fame and hate that comes with it, but will his maturity on the court be there at the next level as well?