By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on April 1, 2014
Jabari Parker has a tough decision to make this spring, and I just wanted to throw my two cents in. He probably does not care what I think, nor should he, but maybe there are some readers out there who might be interested. There are a lot of general managers out there who want to see what Parker decides, and in the meantime they will all be biting their fingernails.
Jerry West has said that a lot of the potential talent in this summer's draft is not ready to contribute immediately, and I have to agree. Parker could play next season, but his game would become more seasoned with a another year. There are a lot of players who project to be great ball players down the line, but some of them are also going to need some time in the oven.
Parker comes from an NBA player's family, and so he can make his decision based purely on personal happiness. If he would be happier in the pros, then he should probably go. However, if he feels that his college career is incomplete, then maybe he should go for round two.
Looking at Doug McDermott, it is hard to argue that a player staying in school is a bad thing for a player's draft hopes. Parker would have even more time to hone his game with another season, and that would set him up for a monster rookie year in the pros.
The chance to play with his former AAU teammate Jahlil Okafor has to be tempting. They would be a formidable duo out on the court, and that is before you even consider the value of commits like Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow.
Would Michael Jordan have ever become the player he did unless he spent three years playing for Dean Smith? I say no. He still would have been an amazing player, but just with a different basketball foundation. Coach K could do the same for Parker, but we will just have to wait and see what the Chicago native decides to do.
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