HoopsHype Jabari Parker rumors

April 18, 2014 Updates

Jabari Parker: There is one other thing tugging at me to remain in Durham. Next year my good friend Jahlil Okafor is coming, along with three other top recruits. The prospect of playing with such a talented big man is pretty tempting. Together we could help put up another banner in Cameron. I haven't consulted many people during this process. I talked to my parents, though. They simply said it was my decision and they would stand behind me either way. They just want me to be happy. 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. SI.com

April 17, 2014 Updates

Jabari Parker: Today I sent my letter of intent to the NBA. That makes it official -- my days as a Duke basketball player are over. But my days as a Duke student are not. I intend to graduate from Duke while I'm in the NBA. I was an honor student when I arrived at Duke, and I'd like to graduate as one. SI.com

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Duke freshman forward Jabari Parker is expected to meet with coach Mike Krzyzewski Tuesday and announce the next day whether or not he will forgo his final three seasons of eligibility to enter the 2014 NBA Draft. Parker is the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. The 6-foot-8, 235-pound Chicago native averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds while leading the Blue Devils to a 26-9 record, an appearance in the ACC title game and a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Yahoo! Sports

According to The Associated Press, Parker said he will look for the place "where he can grow the most." "I don't know where that is right now," Parker said. "I'll talk to coach about it and lay out my options, but I'm just really glad I get the best of both worlds." Yahoo! Sports

April 12, 2014 Updates

Parker, who refuted a report that he already has applied for student housing at Duke for next school year, doesn't view a potential return to Durham as risky. "I think there's no risk," Parker said. "I think the community at Duke has really done a good job of taking care of my safety and they make sure that everything is done by the playbook. "My parents, they come from different backgrounds. They don't even value money. My situation isn't the best, but they're not complaining and I've been going on this long so why can't I wait another year? That's the mindset in my head that keeps me moving." ESPN.com

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What's the latest info on whether or not Joel Embiid and/or Jabari Parker will enter the draft? Chad Ford: Both are weighing their options. Both are seriously considering returning ... with Parker so much so that several scouts are claiming he's coming back to school. But I think that's premature. They have time. The deadline is April 27th to decide. However, if they declare after April 15th, there's no turning back. They'll lose their college eligibility. Parker is really NBA ready. He could obviously improve if he stayed, but he's a NBA starter from Day One. He'll get minutes and playing against the best competition is the best way to improve. The only good reason for him to stay is because he loves college, wants to lead Duke to a NCAA Championship and is OK just waiting. ESPN.com

April 2, 2014 Updates

Q: What's the latest info on whether or not Joel Embiid and/or Jabari Parker will enter the draft? Chad Ford: Both are weighing their options. Both are seriously considering returning ... with Parker so much so that several scouts are claiming he's coming back to school. But I think that's premature. They have time. The deadline is April 27th to decide. However, if they declare after April 15th, there's no turning back. They'll lose their college eligibility. Parker is really NBA ready. He could obviously improve if he stayed, but he's a NBA starter from Day One. He'll get minutes and playing against the best competition is the best way to improve. The only good reason for him to stay is because he loves college, wants to lead Duke to a NCAA Championship and is OK just waiting. But as far as development goes, the NBA is his best option. Embiid is a little different. He's rawer and may not see the minutes Parker would see as a NBA rookie. He also has a big unknown with his back that could affect his draft stock if NBA doctors get wary. He would probably benefit more than Parker from returning for another year of college, but it's really hard to turn down a Top 3 pick. I think both will probably declare at the end of the day, but I wouldn't be shocked if they stayed either. ESPN.com

April 1, 2014 Updates

Sonny Parker, the former NBA player and father of Duke freshman star Jabari Parker, says his son is “undecided” about entering the NBA Draft. “He’s undecided and we know the [NBA’s Early Entry eligibility] deadline is the 27th [of April] so if he’s going to make a decision he has to make it by that date but right now he’s undecided,” Sonny told SNY.tv by phone Tuesday morning. ZagsBlog.com

Asked if it was possible that Jabari might return for his sophomore season, Sonny said, “We don’t know. He has some time to think about it. This is his future.” He added: “It’s just going to be his decision. I don’t put no pressure on him. He’s gotta make a decision on when he’s coming out. He’s 19 years old now, he ain’t in high school right now.” ZagsBlog.com

March 31, 2014 Updates

Doug McDermott was a unanimous choice for the AP All-American First Team. McDermott is the first player to be on the All-American team in three straight seasons since Patrick Ewing and Wayman Tisdale in 1985. Shabazz Napier, Sean Kilpatrick and Russ Smith were also seniors named to the All-American First Team, while Jabari Parker was the fifth member. The second team consisted of Nick Johnson, Andrew Wiggins, Nik Stauskas, Melvin Ejim and T.J. Warren. RealGM

March 29, 2014 Updates

It would be a shocker, and the Sixers and Bucks wouldn’t like it one bit, but Duke’s Jabari Parker just might stay for his sophomore season, instead of leaving for the NBA draft this June. “That’s what’s in the air right now, Parker staying, but we haven’t heard anything official,’’ one Eastern Conference GM with an interest in Parker’s plans said on Friday. New York Daily News

If he stays at Duke, the top of June’s draft will be weakened. Despite his poor NCAA Tournament game in a first-round loss to Mercer, there’s still a lot to like about Parker. “He plays like he’s 23, not 18,’’ said the GM. “He can post and score inside, he has great hands and rebounds. He’s just not a big-time athlete. But he’s got ‘top pick’ written all over him.’’ New York Daily News

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