You could tell that this was a decision that was paining Jabari Parker, and that is why it took longer for him to make a choice than expected at first. The (now) former Duke Blue Devils forward had a conversation with head coach Mike Krzyzewski on Tuesday, and it was initially thought that he was going to decide on Wednesday.
That did not happen, but a decision did come only a day later.
“Jabari could not have been better. He is the epitome of what you would want a basketball player to be — outstanding every day on the practice court and in the classroom and a very humble young man,” Coach Krzyzewski said. “He had a fantastic freshman year and is so deserving of the opportunity to play in the NBA and follow his dream.”
Parker will be one of the top three picks in this summer’s NBA Draft, and if it were my pick I would most likely take him at No. 1. It would depend a little bit on the fit of the team, but I generally subscribe to the school of thought that says you go with the best player on the board, and that is most definitely Parker.
He was the first freshman to ever lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding, and even though his college career was short it will still be well remembered. It will be interesting to see if Parker’s decision at all impacts where Myles Turner will attend school, and you can bet that is a storyline we will keep track of here at Rant Sports Prep.