Regardless if Jabari Parker stays at Duke for another season, or if he declares for the NBA Draft, there’s one thing for sure; he had a solid season that made an impact on Duke Basketball history.
Parker played 1073 minutes total for the Blue Devils in his freshman season, amassing 670 total points. That breaks down to averaging 30.7 minutes a game scoring an average of 19.1 points per game. Only one player on the roster logged more minutes than Parker, that being Rodney Hood.
Parker also tallied 306 rebounds on the season. Hypothetically, if he stayed for for years, and put up that many rebounds for the next four years, that brings him to 1,224 rebounds. That would place him third in the All-Time Rebounds Leaders list, putting him among the likes of Shelden Williams, Mike Gminski, Christian Laettner, and Mason Plumlee.
Even before he suited up for a single game, Parker was raking in the awards, the preseason ones anyway.He was named to the Pre-Season Wooden Award Watchlist. He also was named preseason ACC Rookie of the Year and preseason All-American first team.
During the season, Parker was named ACC Rookie of the Week 10 times, a number that tied the conference record.
Once the season was over, Parker’s trophy case began to fill up. For conference awards. Parker took won the ACC Freshman of the Year title, and placed high in the list for other awards. He was second in the voting for ACC Player of the Year, and fourth in ACC Defensive Player of the Year. For national awards, Parker won the Wayman Tisdale Award, which is awarded to the best freshman of the year.He also was named a finalist for the John Wooden award, the only freshman to be named to that list. Parker was named to the John Wooden All-American team, being just one of two freshman to be honored in that way. He was named to a plethora of other teams as well and was up in the running for several other awards.
Whether Parker decides to stay, or go, he will be remembered at Duke for a long time.