Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 4/2/14

Is Jabari Parker returning to Durham for his sophomore season? CBS Sports and New York Daily News stories linked below seem to believe so. A report in January first indicated that Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker was leaning toward playing at least one more season at Duke, where he’ll be joined by the best incoming freshmen in the college basketball world #1 rated Jahlil Okafor, #3 Tyus Jones #19 Grayson Allen and #11 Justise Winslow. This would explain why Jabari has taken his time with the announcement of whether or not to declare. Duke was eliminated from March Madness a long time ago. Their season is long over. Clearly, Parker is still weighing his options and taking his time. A lot of people thought it was a foregone conclusion that Jabari Parker would leave early for the NBA. The truth is far from that. Multiple reports confirm that he is leaning towards staying actually. Duke’s early exit from the NCAA Tournament seemingly strengthens Parker’s motivation to return for another season and a second chance at a national championship. With Jabari Parker returning, Duke would have to be considered your #1 college basketball team heading into next year’s preseason. They do lose Rodney Hood as news of his departure became public yesterday. Even without Parker, they’ll be considered top 5. Jabari Parker is widely considered to be the most NBA-ready prospect, and he’s a consensus top five pick should he declare. Depending on how meetings with pro teams and combine workout goes, he could be the first overall pick. Or at least top three. “He plays like he’s 23, not 18,” an NBA GM told the New York Daily News.  “He can post and score inside, he has great hands and rebounds.  He’s just not a big-time athlete.  But he’s got ‘top pick’ written all over him.” Take a look at some of the tweets today from around the basketball literati:   “@CBSSports: Some scouts reportedly believe Jabari Parker will actually return to Duke. http://t.co/6FReKBO0oY“@fmoney9 — Joey Pergola (@joeypergola17) April 2, 2014   Several NBA Scouts Claim Jabari Parker Will Stay At Duke — http://t.co/R6aocMSDLK — RealGM (@RealGM) April 2, 2014   Duke forward Jabari Parker may be staying in school after all http://t.co/avLnIVMqZN — SLC Dunk (@slcdunk) April 2, 2014/blockquote> Paul M. Banks owns The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. He’s also a frequent guest on national talk radio. Banks is a former contributor to NBC Chicago and the Washington Times, who’s been featured on the History Channel. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks)

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