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Jabari Parker

  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-8 / 235
  • Birthdate: 03/15/1995
  • College: Duke
Round 1: Pick 2
Drafted By: Milwaukee Bucks 
Prospect Analysis

Strengths

  • Versatile inside-out offensive game
  • Understands the game/high basketball IQ
  • Good rebounder
  • High energy
  • Super competitive

 

Weaknesses

  • Needs to work on defense

 

NBA projection: Parker could possibly be the No. 1 pick in the draft.

 

2013-14 Season

Parker was a consensus first-team All-America and also earned the Wayman Tisdale Award given to the nation’s top freshman. Parker was also the ACC Freshman of the Year and a first-team All-Conference pick. He led Duke in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots.

 

Key statistics: 19.1 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.2 bpg, 2.3 tpg, 30.7 mpg, .473 FG, .358 3PT, .748 FT

 

Cool statistic: Parker established Duke freshman records for points (670), points per game, rebounds (306), double-doubles (14), free throws made (160), free throws attempted (214), dunks (61), double-figure scoring games (33) and 20-point games (18).

 

Reminds me of: Carmelo Anthony

 

What Insiders Say

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski

"Jabari's going to be an outstanding pro. He's in the process of development. But in three, four, five years, Jabari, I think, will be a franchise player. He'll be a 25‑points‑a‑game scorer. But he's still developing. He's a long way from that. A long way doesn't mean many, many years. He's just a long way in having the opportunity to experience the game at different levels so then you can adjust."

 

What Outsiders Say

North Carolina coach Roy Williams

"It’s hard to say what ‘it’ is, but whatever the hell it is, Jabari found it tonight [after scoring 30 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a Duke win over UNC]."

 

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Parker, whose father, Sonny, played for Golden State in the 1970s, won four straight titles at Chicago's fabled Simeon High School. He excelled during his one season at Duke, becoming an all-American and the only unanimous first-team all ACC selection.

 

Parker had a conference-high 14 double-doubles for Duke, scoring 20 points or more 18 times. He will not be judged by his combined 13 of 38 shooting in the Blue Devils' last two games -- a loss in the ACC tournament final to Virginia and the loss to Mercer in the NCAAs. More>>

 

 

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch