After one short season — cut short because of a round of 64 exit in the NCAA Tournament — Jabari Parker is projected as a top-three pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. However, the Duke Blue Devils‘ freshman star is still a student at the university and will be deciding Wednesday, April 16, whether or not he will be heading to the NBA or returning for a sophomore season.
Why would it come as no surprise if Parker decided to stay for another season? Well, a meeting with head coach Mike Krzyzewski today could mean both of them come to the decision of playing for a national title in 2014-15 and building a legacy at Duke.
With the best incoming recruiting class in the nation, Duke is already predicted to be the preseason No. 1 team in the nation, and with Parker coming back, they would be favorites to win it all.
Coach K might urge the young star to go pro, just as Tom Izzo did with Gary Harris, but ultimately, it’s Parker’s decision to make.
Heck, the kid even applied to sophomore housing at the university, showing he’s strongly considering a return.
Sure, he might be a top-three pick and make millions of dollars right away, but that’s not the type of kid he is — clearly. Parker has shown time and time again how mature he is in big games and it’s starting to show off the court as well.
Maybe he’s getting cold feet, but in my opinion, Parker likes college far too much to say goodbye after one year.
If he returns like I think he will, a national title is in Duke’s immediate future.
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