Duke Star Jabari Parker Declares For Draft
Duke forward Jabari Parker made his own decision today by deciding to declare for the NBA draft after playing one year for the team .
He was one of the biggest stars in college basketball all season, and is currently the number two prospect in the draft according to ESPN’s Chad Ford.
Parker said the following while announcing his decision,
Ultimately, I boiled my decision down to two simple questions:
Which environment — college or the NBA — offers me the best opportunity to grow as a basketball player?
Which environment — college or the NBA — offers me the best opportunity to grow and develop off the court?
The answer to both questions is undeniably the NBA.
There is something else. My father, Sonny, played in the NBA. I know firsthand that the career span of a pro basketball player is finite. The lucky ones play until their mid-30s. With that perspective, I shrink my professional career with each year that I remain in college. It’s ironic, but true.
The lucky team that gets him is going to get a future franchise player.
"We'll be on Jabari's team the rest of our lives & we know JP & his family will be on the Duke team for the rest of their lives.” Coach K
— Duke Basketball (@dukeblueplanet) April 17, 2014
He averaged 19.1 points per game, 1.2 assists per game, and 8.7 rebounds per game for Duke last season.
How good will he be this season?