In case anyone was wondering if things could get any better for the Duke amidst an undefeated and number-one ranked season, the Blue Devils received even more good news this afternoon, gaining the commitment of 6-foot-8 small forward Jabari Parker, the second ranked recruit in the nation. Parker announced his decision via an ESPNU news conference this afternoon, choosing Duke over several other elite programs, such as Michigan State and Florida. Parker, a product of Simeon Career Academy, added to the impressive list of recruits Coach K has pulled out of Chicago, joining Jon Scheyer, Sean Dockery, Corey Maggette, and Michael Thompson.
The senior is behind only the recently-reclassified Andrew Wiggins in just about every list of prospects, and Parker will be expected to be an immediate contributor for Coach K and his squad, ala Kyrie Irving, Austin Rivers, etc…
Parker is expected by many to be a one-and-done type player, which is understandable considering how advanced his skills are this early in his career. A swingman who can do a little bit of everything, Jabari excels on the wing, using his rare blend of size and athleticism to his advantage. Scouts have touted him as an unselfish player, saying that he should have no problem meshing in any offense, specifically a veteran-filled one.
I can’t really talk right now about how he fits into this Duke team, as no one really knows how the Blue Devils will even look next season. Sulaimon and Cook could go pro. Sulaimon and Cook could not go pro. Someone could suddenly transfer. There is a lot that could happen between now and next November, and I’m not interested in throwing out a foolish opinion with no real base or justification. You can pencil him in to be a starter and one of the more important figures on offense, that is about all you can say for sure at the moment. Just know that the Blue Devils picked up a talent with infinite potential and he will likely make a very significant impact next season.