Duke Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski does not believe that Jabari Parker will remain in college for a sophomore season and will instead opt to take his talents to the NBA draft.
Coach K appeared on The Dan Patrick Show on Dec. 20 and spoke with the host at length about Parker’s talent, character and the odds that he remains with his program.
Krzyzewski said there was a “minimal” chance that the superstar freshman stays in Durham, N.C., beyond the 2013-14 campaign, although he noted that Parker “loves college.”
However, as is the case for many of these elite talents, Coach K knows it would be hard to give up a chance to be selected in the top three of the NBA draft.
Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman has Parker coming off the board at No. 1 overall in his latest mock draft, ahead of Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins.
Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart is one of very few notable examples of a prospect that elected to remain in college despite being a consensus top pick in the draft.
The 66-year-old coach mentioned that Parker would always be associated with the Blue Devils, much like Kyrie Irving—the top pick in the 2011 draft. Irving has been carving out a very successful career with the Cleveland Cavaliers after a one-year stint at Duke.
It’s easy to see why Parker would have a tough time remaining in school.
His collegiate career is off to a stellar start, as the 18-year-old is averaging 22.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steals per game. He has led the Blue Devils to the No. 8 ranking in the latest Associated Press poll, with the team’s only losses coming to Kansas and Arizona.
Coach K mentioned that he is prepared for Parker to depart after the season, but the Duke legend also has a plan in place for the Chicago native to stay for more than one season.
Parker has plenty of time to choose his course of action, but it is unlikely to think he will come to any other decision besides entering the NBA draft. Even his coach agrees with that sentiment.