Feb 15, 2014; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1) and forward Rodney Hood (5) celebrate after beating the Maryland Terrapins 69-67 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft: Jabari Parker & Rodney Hood Declare

According to reports, Duke teammates Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker have declared for the NBA Draft. Parker announced yesterday and Hood’s decision just became official today. With the Sixers owning the No. 2 and No. 10 slots in the draft lottery, is it a possibility that Hood and Parker could once again become teammates? One would imagine that would create great chemistry for Philadelphia, right off the bat. Hood averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 46 percent from the floor and 46 percent from the land-of-beyond (71-of-169). Hood was first in the ACC in three-point percentage.

Jabari Parker’s decision was hotly debated over the past few days, as everyone speculated whether the freshman would return to Duke or leave for the NBA. Parker released his thoughts about his decision in an open letter on the Sports Illustrated website. Parker’s decision ultimately came down to two things, which were:

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.

So, Parker and Hood are in. Could both become Sixers by the time the draft is over? We won’t know until draft night, but that would be a dream come true for Philadelphia.


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