Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but Duke freshman Jabari Parker is very good at basketball.
Parker exploded to tie his career-high with 27 points in Duke’s 74-64 victory over Alabama on Wednesday night, and in the process, he pushed the Blue Devils to the finals of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Throughout the night, he was the focal point of the Duke attack, and the mesmerizing part about that is his incredible level of efficiency.
For the game, Parker finished 9-for-12 from the field and 9-for-10 from the free throw line, and in addition to the 27 points, the freshman grabbed a team-high 8 rebounds while contributing a steal and a block. Obviously, Parker didn’t win the game on his way (as Quinn Cook had a very nice night with 17 points while playing all 40 minutes), but he did have to make up for an “off” night from Rodney Hood (3 for 8, 8 points) in the process.
In addition to tying his own career-high for scoring (admittedly a small sample size early in his freshman season), Parker set the new school record (at Duke, no less) for the most consecutive games with 20+ points to begin a career (this was his 7th), and that is astonishing in this particular program. Now, the stage is set for a must-see event, as the Blue Devils will face-off with Aaron Gordon and the Arizona Wildcats on Friday night in the Finals of the NIT Season Tip-Off, and that will be one of the more entertaining games of the young season.