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Duke freshman Jabari Parker declares for NBA draft

FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2014

Duke freshman Jabari Parker is entering the NBA draft. Coach Mike Krzyzewski says in a statement Thursday it was “an honor for us to have him in our program.” In an essay posted on SI.com, Parker says the NBA offers him the best chance to develop both as a player and off the court. “I realize how much of a privilege and an honor it is to join the ranks of the NBA,” Parker wrote. There is a strong chance he could be the No. 1 overall pick in June. The 6-foot-8 All-American was the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history and became the first freshman to be selected team MVP since Johnny Dawkins in 1983. He is the fifth Blue Devils player to enter the draft after his freshman season, joining Corey Maggette, Luol Deng, Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers. – Associated Press



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