Jabari Parker Scores Career-High 29 Points in Duke's Win vs. Boston College

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2014

Duke forward Jabari Parker (1) holds the ball away from Boston College guard Lonnie Jackson (20) after Parker pulled in a defensive rebound during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game on the Boston College campus in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
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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:

Parker posted a double-double, adding 16 boards. It's the eighth time this season he's gone for a double-double:

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:

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:

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:

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.