Chicago Prep Sports – Jabari Parker is arguably the best high school basketball player ever from the City of Chicago. At Simeon he won four straight state titles in dominating fashion earning multiple national awards. Parker would go on to Duke University, where he had the best statistical freshmen season in Duke’s rich basketball history.
Jabari Parker is Going Pro
Parker didn’t hold a press conference to announce his decision to go pro. Instead, he decided to write Sports Illustrated a very detailed letter on how he came to his decision. Parker explained that Coach K was more than supportive when he told him about his interest in going to the NBA.
According to Jabari, Coach K never once asked Parker to stay another year at Duke. He thanked Parker for a successful season and told him he would always be a part of the Duke family.
Although he will be leaving the Durham campus for the NBA hardwood, Parker has expressed his interest in obtaining his degree while playing in the NBA. Seeing that the NBA season takes up an entire school year, it may be a little tough, but I wish him all the luck in doing so…
Did Parker Make The Right Decision?
Absolutely! Sure, his longtime friend Jahlil Okafor will be at Duke next year. If Parker stayed another year they would have been the favorite to win the tournament next season, but what if he chose to stay and got hurt? It isn’t worth it for him to risk an injury playing in college.
His draft stock right now can’t any higher than it is. Parker seems like a very intelligent young man, his father is a former NBA player and understands the business side of it.
His decision to enter his name in the NBA draft is the right one for Parker. Duke isn’t going anywhere. Staying in college only sets his NBA career back another year, he would gain almost nothing from it.
Parker will be a top three pick without a doubt. Sure, he probably would have liked to go out on top instead of losing to Mercer to finish his college career, but life isn’t perfect. The only way he can develop his game more is by playing against tougher competition and that can only be found in the NBA.
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