Krzyzewski: Jabari is a treasure
Posted February 18
Updated February 19
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.