Jabari Parker put on a show Saturday, finishing with a career-high 29 points in the No. 11 Duke Blue Devils' 89-68 trouncing of the Boston College Eagles.
The freshman forward set the mark with his 28th point of the game, per A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com:
#Blue Devils Jabari Parker now has a career-high 28 points.— A. Sherrod Blakely (@SherrodbCSN) February 9, 2014
Parker posted a double-double, adding 16 boards. It's the eighth time this season he's gone for a double-double:
Jabari Parker and Quinn Cook led the Blue Devils with 29 and 19 points, respectively. Parker added 16 boards.— Duke Basketball (@dukebasketball) February 9, 2014
Jabari Parker now has 8 double-doubles on the season. The Division-1 leaders in double-doubles this year have 15 each.— Duke Basketball (@dukebasketball) February 9, 2014
Rather than talking about Parker's scoring after the game, head coach Mike Krzyzewski highlighted the fact that the freshman found a way to fight through fatigue, per Laura Keeley of the Raleigh News & Observer:
K notes that this is the first game Jabari Parker, for the first time, was able to play through being tired. Didn't need subs— Laura Keeley (@laurakeeley) February 9, 2014
While Parker has had some struggles this year, namely in losses to Syracuse, Notre Dame and Arizona, that's to be expected with any freshman. For the most part, though, the Blue Devils star has lived up to the hype.
Looking ahead to the NBA draft, Parker remains a likely top-five pick and is in contention to go No. 1 overall, along with Kansas' Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins.
Speaking of the NBA, Boston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge was in the house to presumably watch Parker in action, per Lost Lettermen:
Danny Ainge in the house scouting Jabari Parker. That or he really thinks the 3rd Plumlee is the next Kevin Garnett.— LostLettermen.com (@LostLettermen) February 8, 2014
When asked about having the Celtics executive in attendance, Parker wisely brushed aside any talk about his pro prospects, per Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe:
Jabari Parker humbly says Danny Ainge was probably at BC-Duke game to see Nick Pagliuca, son of #celtics co-owner Steve Pagliuca— gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) February 9, 2014
There's no doubt Parker will need to keep up this high level of play for at least the next week or so. The Blue Devils travel down Tobacco Road to take on North Carolina on Wednesday. After that, Duke has a home game against Maryland on Feb. 15 and a road game against Georgia Tech on Feb. 18. Despite the Terps and Yellow Jackets' struggles this season, those could be tough games for Duke, especially if its leading scorer runs into trouble.