Mar 16, 2014; Greensboro, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1) moves the ball up the court against Virginia Cavaliers forward Akil Mitchell (25) in the championship game of the ACC college basketball tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Duke's Jabari Parker takes home Tisdale award as top freshman

Duke Blue Devils freshman forward Jabari Parker is this year’s winner of the Wayman Tisdale Award as the nation’s top freshman as voted on by the members of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association of America.

Parker led the ACC in rebounding with 8.8 per game and was second to T.J. Warren in scoring with 19.3 points per game. He helped lead the Blue Devils to the Championship Game in the ACC Tournament and the No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament in the Midwest Region.

Parker was a three-time state champion at Simeon career academy in Chicago and was considered one of the top top two recruits in the nation last year along with Kansas Jayhawks’ Andrew Wiggins.

The 6-8 forward is considered a lock to be a top-three pick if he were to declare for the 2-14 NBA Draft.

The award is named for the late Oklahoma Sooners three-time All-American power forward and 13-year NBA veteran.

 

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