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.)