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Krzyzewski: Jabari is a treasure

Posted February 18, 2014
Updated February 19, 2014

No. 5 Duke faces North Carolina in one of college basketball’s greatest rivalries Thursday, just two days before the Blue Devils play host to No. 1 ranked Syracuse.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski says his team’s success has been built around one player, freshman Jabari Parker.

“Well he's not normal ... You know, he's special,” Krzyzewski told CBS This Morning. “And, over the years, USA Basketball, at Duke ... I've dealt with some of the greatest players in the world as they've developed. They look at things differently. That's why they're different. It's not just talent. Their emotional makeup, their mental makeup, and Jabari is a treasure. He's a treasure to the game. And he's also a treasure to human beings, but to our game, he's pure ...  And that treasure and that purity needs to be developed along the way. And we're part of that process right now, and we need to do the very best job possible in developing that.”

Parker instantly made an impact on the Blue Devil squad this season and continues to grow during his time at Duke.

The 6’ 8” forward has scored 20 points in four of the last five games, and just like his coach gives him praise for his character, Parker gives praise to his coach for his guidance.

“Coach has just been honest with me," Parker said. "He brings out the best in me and what I have to do. And I'm kind of glad of that, but he still makes room where I can improve, where things aren't satisfying."

Parker leads his team with 19.3 points per game and in rebounds per game with 8.5.

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  • Mary is a liar Feb 20, 2014

    I sure it cost K a small fortune to get him to duke.

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Feb 20, 2014

    K could say something about saving a drowning puppy or kitten and some of you would still think he is the devil.

  • vt94hokies Feb 19, 2014

    I went back and re-read this one. The media focused on Coach K talking about being a treasure. He did add much more to this story vs what the media focused upon. Still, I wish Coach K had not used this word. Parker is the best player that I have watched this year thus far. He needs to be consistent down the stretch.

  • trolllordv00 Feb 19, 2014

    he is saying this kid is talented beyond what we normally see, and will undoubtedly be a superstar on the next level. Try not to let your hate show cryers.

  • vt94hokies Feb 19, 2014

    I respect Coach K probably more than most coaches today. I kinda wish that he hadn't stated this.

  • Toddler10-21 Feb 19, 2014

    What?

  • Hammerhead Feb 19, 2014

    Jabari the treasure?
    Yes, yes I did. Marked the spot with an X.

  • sheisacoward Feb 19, 2014

    lol...coach k and his glorification of his "kids....every school has good kids, only Coach K is allowed to bestow titles on them. what makes parker any more of a "treasure" than warren or mcadoo or hood?

    give it a rest.

  • Jeanne Gunn Feb 18, 2014

    Parker is a very gifted player for sure, and he has been raised in a nurturing environment, preparing him for a lot more than basketball.

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