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Duke Basketball: 7 Ways Coach K Can Lure Jabari Parker to Duke

Josh SchochAnalyst IIIOctober 30, 2016

Duke Basketball: 7 Ways Coach K Can Lure Jabari Parker to Duke

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    Being a Mormon, Jabari Parker has a duty to perform a mission to help spread the world of God for two years, and it would come after his freshman season.

    If all were to go well with his career, that would conflict with him being an NBA player at age 19.

    While I am not an expert in the Mormon faith, I do know that this mission is very important and may outweigh Parker's desire to be an NBA player.

    However, if Coach K were to offer a way for him to play his freshman season, then do his mission and return to college to prepare for the NBA, Parker would be tempted.

    This would be an ideal pitch for any coach, and Krzyzewski may have to make this offer in order to land such a great player.


Playing Time

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    This is something that every school will guarantee Jabari Parker, but Coach K can't neglect it.

    Every school will tell Parker that he can play as much as he likes, as he will be the best player in the nation during his first year in college.

    This has to be one of the seven pillars of Mike Krzyzewski's pitch to Parker.

Incredible Education

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    Jabari Parker is not your typical jock. He is an intelligent person who may also wish for a good education in college.

    This is something that Duke can offer that few other elite schools can. While I'm not saying that any college offers poor education, Duke's just happens to be one of the best in the country.

    Having a degree from such a prestigious institution has to appeal to a smart kid like Parker, even if it's only a two-year degree.

Winning History

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    While most of the best college basketball programs are pursuing Jabari Parker, Duke has one of the winningest programs in history as well.

    While Kentucky has a more successful program, the Blue Devils have one that can rival them in the pursuit of Parker.

    Four titles in 22 years. Highest winning percentage of any team in the NCAA tournament. Seventeen consecutive NCAA tournament appearances and 28 in the last 29 years.

    With Parker on the team, the Blue Devils will always compete for an NCAA tourney title, and that has to be attractive.

Elite Coaching

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    Mike Krzyzewski is arguably the best coach in college basketball history, although I consider him second behind John Wooden.

    With the most wins in history and his ability to make mediocre players into stars are unique to Krzyzewski. He will soon become the first coach to 1,000 career victories, and Parker could potentially help him reach that plateau.

    Coach K is the best in the game today, and improving his game is definitely a priority for Parker.

There Is No Atmosphere Like Cameron Indoor Stadium

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    Cameron Indoor Stadium might be the most electric stadium in the country. It is a truly unique place that I have had the privilege of experiencing.

    Having the student section right on the court makes a small stadium like Cameron Indoor feel huge. The Cameron Crazies are the best student section in college basketball, and the atmosphere of a Duke home game is truly unique.

    If Parker has ever been in Cameron it will have been an unforgettable experience that he will want to repeat.

Recent NBA Success

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    Duke is not known as a one-and-done school, but by producing two more in the past two years in Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers, the team has a plethora of players in the NBA right now.

    With back-to-back lottery picks, Coach K has had recent NBA success, and Parker could continue that trend.

    While reaching the NBA is a dream of his, there may be one obstacle, which is the best way Krzyzewski can lure Parker to Duke.

Allowance of Mormon Mission

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    Being a Mormon, Jabari Parker has a duty to perform a mission to help spread the world of God for two years, and it would come after his freshman season.

    If all were to go well with his career, that would conflict with him being an NBA player at age 19.

    While I am not an expert in the Mormon faith, I do know that this mission is very important and may outweigh Parker's desire to be an NBA player.

    However, if Coach K were to offer a way for him to play his freshman season, then do his mission and return to college to prepare for the NBA, Parker would be tempted.

    This would be an ideal pitch for any coach, and Krzyzewski may have to make this offer in order to land such a great player.

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