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2013 forward Jabari Parker announces decision to attend Duke

Dec 20, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

Jabari Parker

Christmas came five days early for Duke fans, as 2013 forward Jabari Parker announced his decision to play for Mike Krzyzewski in a press conference held at Simeon Career Academy in Chicago.

The latest in a long line of elite basketball players to attend Simeon, Parker chose the Blue Devils over Michigan State, BYU, Florida and Stanford. Parker cited his comfort with head coach Mike Krzyzewski as a major reason for his decision.

With Parker’s decision Duke will now welcome three highly regarded players to campus next year.

Parker joins shooting guard Matt Jones and power forward Semi Ojeyele, both of whom are ranked among the top prospects in the country at their respective positions.

Adding this trio will help the Blue Devils address the departures of Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee. It will only help matters that Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood, who is sitting out this season per NCAA transfer rules, becomes eligible as well.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

  1. jthammerstix - Dec 20, 2012 at 4:46 PM


  2. willcoop62 - Dec 20, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    They’re baaaaaaccck!

  3. iowahbr - Dec 20, 2012 at 6:07 PM

    If this kid lasts 4 years at Duke we should elect coach K President because he can work miracles.

    • beavertonsteve - Dec 20, 2012 at 6:48 PM

      Even 2 years is quite in an accomplisment in the age of One-and-Done.

  4. jagsfan11 - Dec 20, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    😦 damn, didnt come to Florida, oh well good luck

  5. thebadguyswon - Dec 20, 2012 at 7:33 PM



  6. jmb795 - Dec 20, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Hate to say it but Dook is leaving next door neighbor, Carolina, in the dust. Good on you, Coach K. and staff.

  7. florida727 - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    I’m a Florida fan, so from that perspective I’m disappointed. But I’m also a huge Coach K fan since we’re both from Chicago, so I’m really happy for him.

    Not to “hate” on the video, but it’s basically worthless. 18 dunks. ONE blocked shot. ONE tip-in rebound basket. ONE left-hand lay-in. If you’re not familiar with this kid’s game, as most of us are not, he just looks like a 6′ 8″ kid that can jump. Does he have a mid-range game? Can he shoot 3’s? Can he defend? Any good from the free throw line?

    Geez. Go back to “Highlight Video Making 101” if you want people to be impressed by his overall skill set. Show him making a free throw with a graphic underneath that says “82% from the line for his career”. Show a 3-pointer with a caption that says “33% from downtown”. Show him making a mid-range jumper with a graphic “52% from the field”. Like I said, worthless video.

  8. justinnoah - Dec 21, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Give the kid credit, he says he chose Duke because he knows he can get a great degree there. I know most people are saying he’s one and done, but he says he’ll probably stay 2 to 3 years. I’m not a Duke alum or fan (tons of respect for Coach K), but I admire what Parker has said so far.

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