Jabari Parker recently made if official with the Duke Blue Devils; he had a legendary high school career in my opinion and now we will just have to see if he can match it in college. He likely won’t stay all four years, but you never know with Parker. He paces to his own drumbeat.
“We’re excited for Jabari and his family to join our family here at Duke,” coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “We are confident he will have a great career, and we are glad to have him in our program.”
The 6-foot-8 forward led Simeon Academy to four Illinois Class 4A championships and is the first player to earn the Mr. Basketball of Illinois award twice. He averaged 18.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists last season and he will likely become the featured part of the Blue Devils offense next year.
Parker is part of Duke’s three member 2013 class, including shooting guard Matt Jones and Ottawa (Kan.) forward Semi Ojeleye.
I spoke to Parker last summer at the Gatorade athlete of the year awards and he strike me as mature and humble. He also reportedly has a tremendous work ethic, so success at the college basketball level seems inevitable for him.
Next season should be a truly fantastic season of college basketball I will be sad to no longer be writing about Parker and Andrew Wiggins in the Prep section much next year; I will occasionally add my thoughts to the college basketball section of the site though so no worries.