Duke's Jabari Parker is Going Pro

By DJ Byrnes on April 17, 2014 at 12:33p

There was some chatter Duke phenom Jabari Parker would return for his sophomore season, but we can officially scrap that notion.

Parker, along with Sports Illustrated's Jeff Benedict, wrote an SI column detailing 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.

Parker is right on both counts, and he'll also be getting paid a few million dollars a year to develop his craft. He is the one of the most-likable Duke players in recent memory, so best of luck to him at the next level.

(Hopefully he's still around when my Lakers are on the clock.) 


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thunderhawks51's picture

What a great picture

+1 HS
njclebuckeye5's picture

DJ I'm a fan of virtually all of your stuff on here (seriously how are you writing so much this offseason though?) but .. but... your Lakers? why Lakers?

Lobs it to the endzone... Touchdown Devin Smith!!

+2 HS
buckeyestu's picture

Lakers? I don't mind the Lakers, I just can not stomach Kobe. What an ass. If he had to go to college, bet scum would have been the perfect place for him.

+2 HS
Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Actually he said he would have gone to Duke.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

+3 HS
buckeyestu's picture

Yeah i know he said he would have gone to Duke, but he would fit right in with the scum team.

Seattle Linga's picture

Kinda odd that his only appearance in the tourney was against a team they lost to in Mercer

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rosycheeks's picture

I like Parker, but $orry, hi$ deci$ion didn't come down to tho$e two $imple factor$.

mrspray's picture

I have a hard time believing this decision took as long to make as he's made it seem like it took. Every year there are guys who are on the bubble as far as whether they should return or not, and Jabari Parker was NOT one of them. He's too good to be playing NCAA ball anymore...

In case you're curious, it's Mr. Spray