Prospect Profile: Jabari Parker

In-depth look at the draft prospect out of Duke
by Emily Wade
Nuggets.com

“Ultimately, I boiled my decision down to two simple questions: Which environment -- college or the NBA -- offers me the best opportunity to grow as a basketball player? Which environment -- college or the NBA -- offers me the best opportunity to grow and develop off the court? The answer to both questions is undeniably the NBA,” Parker wrote in Sports Illustrated.


Basics

Height Weight Wingspan Position College Hometown
6'8" 235 7'0" Forward Duke Chicago, Illinois

Collegiate Career

Season G MPG FGM FGA PCT FTM FTA PCT RPG APG SPG BPG PTS AVG
2013-14 35 30.7 236 499 .473 160 214 .748 8.7 1.2 1.1 1.2 670 19.1
Totals 35 30.7 236 499 .473 160 214 .748 8.7 1.2 1.1 1.2 670 19.1

Three-point field goals: 2013-14, 38-for-106 (.358).


Accolades

  • Consensus First Team All-America selection.
  • Named ACC Rookie of the Year and USBWA Freshman of the Year, and selected to the All-ACC First Team.
  • Received First Team All-America honors from the Associated Press, USBWA, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, and Wooden Award.
  • Honored as the top freshman in the country through the USBWA Integris Wayman Tisdale Award.
  • Broke Duke freshman records for points (670) and rebounds (306), among others.
  • Named Gatorade Player of the Year, ESPN's National Sophomore and Freshman of the Year and a McDonald's All-American in high school.

Strengths

Gifted offensive talent. Scores easily, both from the perimeter and on the block. Highly-skilled, with a great motor and high basketball I.Q. Solid rebounder. Creates mismatches with his versatility. High character.


Quotes

"Offensively, Parker is close to a sure thing. He was used in more than 30 percent of Duke's possessions while remaining efficient because he rarely turned the ball over and got to the free throw line on a regular basis. He'll have to watch his field goal percentage because he can fall in love with the long 2, but Parker should be able to get to the basket off the dribble against NBA power forwards."

Kevin Pelton, ESPN NBA Insider

"He makes quick decisions with his touches and isn't prone to holding on to the ball to try to get what he wants. He has good handles for a guy his size, but he seems to struggle getting the separation to get by guys and as a result will resort to step-back shots and pull-up jumpers off the dribble. Also, Parker is an excellent finisher around the rim and knows how to use his size/strength advantage to go up, over and through defenders."

Amin Elhassan, ESPN NBA Analyst

"Parker might be the most skilled offensive freshman in the country. Blessed with a well-rounded game that allows him to score from anywhere on the floor and a high basketball IQ that helps him pick his spots, Parker projects as one of the few players in this draft who could possibly step into the NBA right away and score 20 points per game."

Chad Ford, ESPN NBA Insider


Projections

ESPN.com CBS Sports Yahoo! Sports HoopsHype
3 3 1 3