According to reports, Duke standout freshman, Jabari Parker, will meet with Duke coach, Mike Krzyzewski, on Tuesday to discuss his basketball future. Obviously, this decision will either be to declare for the NBA draft or return to Duke for his sophomore season and combine forces with Jahlil Okafor. Parker is leaning towards making his decision on Wednesday. Rodney Hood, who was Parker’s counterpart in the backcourt this season, appears to be headed for the NBA Draft. Will Parker join him? Could the two possibly end up on the same team — possibly in Philadelphia?
As a freshman, Parker was the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history with 19.1 PPG and also was the first freshman to lead Duke in scoring and rebounding.
College basketball’s top freshman has a tough decision on his hands. After a standout regular season, the Blue Devils succumbed to
Mercer University in the NCAA Tournament, which sent shock waves across the college basketball world. More importantly, people noticed how Jabari Parker was being subbed out on defense during the most crucial moments of the game. There are obviously pros and cons to Parker staying and/or going. As a Sixers fan base, we want Parker to come out for the draft. If he returns and the Sixers fall out of the first two picks, there’s a huge chance that Andrew Wiggins doesn’t land in the Sixers laps. We didn’t go through this season to not be rewarded with what we want! Selfishly, Philadelphia wants to see Jabari Parker declare. It’s probably the best move, too.
There are definitely more bad things that could happen if Parker decides to stay at Duke for another season, like injuries, an insane drop off, or his defensive inefficiencies brought out even more. Plus, the barrage of stars coming into Duke, along with returning players, makes it curious to see how many minutes would be available for Parker. He won’t move up that much in the draft if he stays, he’s a top three pick if he comes out this year or next year, regardless. The money will be the same too. It’s better for Parker to come out and get a start on his NBA career. Five years from now, if he goes into the 2014 NBA Draft, no one will remember that Duke lost to Mercer in the NCAA Tournament. We will all be worried about Parker chasing NBA Championships, not silly NCAA Tournament victories. Declare, Jabari!