DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke's Jabari Parker, ACC Freshman of the Year and consensus First Team All-America, declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday, a decision on its own that wasn't at all surprising.
He may not go No. 1., but in what is perceived as a deep draft, Parker is still expected to go in the top five picks and potentially higher. It was a tough spot for Parker, as he is a different breed and, as he wrote in this 'Sports Illustrated' piece, genuinely loves college.
But life without Parker shouldn't be too much of a struggle for Duke, as good as Parker was last year for the Blue Devils.
Minus Parker, and with sophomore transfer Rodney Hood yet to make a decision about his NBA future, Duke is still loaded next season with one of the best classes in the country coming in.
Center Jahlil Okafor is Scout.com's No. 1 overall recruit in Class of 2014, while incoming freshman point guard Tyus Jones (the top-rated point guard and fourth overall) could solve some of Duke's perimeter issues ...