Parker to Remain at Duke?
Jabari Parker explained to Andy Katz of ESPN and others in the media that he felt that his career was “incomplete” after a shocking tournament loss to Mercer. He went on to say that the loss could affect whether or not he returns to college.
Jabari Parker is in the consideration for being the first overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. However, there was still uncertainty around whether he would enter the draft or stay for another season at Duke, and he raised the speculation that he would stay with his comments.
Next season, Duke adds what many believe to be the nation’s top recruiting class. It was no secret that a lack of a depth in the front-court and interior play hurt the Blue Devils this season. However, with no.1 overall recruit Jahlil Okafor coming to the team, Duke is setting up to be a top team in 2015 if Parker returns. They also have the top high school point guard in the country in their top ranked class. If Parker wants to make a run at a national championship and leave a lasting legacy at Duke, he will return for another season of college basketball.
Parker, who attended Simeon High School where he was a part of four state championship teams, is used to winning and this loss is certainly not something he is okay with ending his career with.
Parker and Okafor are friends from AAU and both of Parker’s parents graduated college so pressure for him to return exists among his family and friends. Parker has some serious decisions to make in the next months as he decides whether he wants to remain in college or declare for the draft.
Sports-Kings’ Pass the Pill Contributor Mark Pace