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Duke's Jabari Parker to enter 2014 NBA Draft

Posted April 17, 2014
Updated April 18, 2014

— Duke freshman Jabari Parker will forgo his remaining college eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA Draft, the university announced Thursday.

Parker, a Chicago native, averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Blue Devils in 2013-14. He set or tied Duke freshmen records for points (670), points per game, rebounds (306) and double-doubles (14).

Parker said his single year at Duke was one of the best experiences of his life. 

"I cannot thank Coach K enough for all his love and guidance. I had the opportunity to pick his brain throughout the year and it really paid off," he said in a statement. "I have learned how to be a man on and off the court and to be strong mentally going into practices and games. I appreciate him for challenging me to be better each and every day.”

Parker received first team All-America honors from Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and the Wooden Award.

The 2014 ACC Rookie of the Year, Parker is the 16th consensus first team All-America selection under Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and Duke’s first since Nolan Smith in 2010-11.

"Jabari could not have been better. He is the epitome of what you would want a basketball player to be – outstanding everyday on the practice court and in the classroom and a very humble young man,” Krzyzewski said in a statement. “He had a fantastic freshman year and is so deserving of the opportunity to play in the NBA and follow his dream."

Parker is the third Duke player in the last four seasons to enter the NBA Draft early, and the 13th Blue Devil early-entree overall.

Yahoo and The Sporting News reported Thursday that Rodney Hood will also enter the NBA Draft but Duke University could not confirm he was leaving early.

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  • blue_devil_33 Apr 17, 2014

    All the best, Jabari!!! Thanks for gracing us Duke fans with your talent and class for a year.

  • Jeanne Gunn Apr 17, 2014

    Good luck in the NBA to Parker. Wish the Bobcats could land him, but they aren't in the running for a high draft pick. Go get 'em, Jabari, you're a class act and a remarkable player with a bright future ahead of you!

  • knbrown13 Apr 17, 2014

    It kind of went without saying that he was gone. You can wish him nothing but the best of luck in the future!

  • dwood4672 Apr 17, 2014

    smart decision...

  • 45HEELSFAN45 Apr 17, 2014

    Good decision for the young man and all that money. No need to risk having a bad injury

  • zonk Apr 17, 2014

    yAYYYYYYY

  • Toddler10-21 Apr 17, 2014

    This was a no brainer. Great kid. Wish him the the best. Hope the my Lakers can get him. Hood, Parker gone, but hey this is Duke they will reload.

  • Stranger Apr 17, 2014

    Best wishes and best of luck to you JP!

  • CarolinaTim Apr 17, 2014

    All the best to young Mr. Parker.
    Hopefully a long and productive career will be his future.
    Represent Duke and the ACC well at the next level!

  • Objective Scientist Apr 17, 2014

    This decision was one of those "no-brainers", and is the same decision any of us would have likely made if we were in Jabari's shoes and if we listened to a financial adviser. He seems to be a "good kid" and I wish him nothing but the best.

    That said... intercollegiate basketball really needs to seek a solution to the "one-and-done" AND the "two and done" situation. Many have mentioned the model used by MLB and the colleges/universities. That would seem to be a viable alternative to what we now have in basketball.

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