After delaying his decision on Wednesday, Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker finally announced that he would be declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft via an article he published with our partner, Sports Illustrated, on Thursday.
Ultimately, I boiled my decision down to two simple questions:
Which environment — college or the NBA — offers me the best opportunity to grow as a basketball player?
Which environment — college or the NBA — offers me the best opportunity to grow and develop off the court?
The answer to both questions is undeniably the NBA.
As great as college is and as much fun as it must be to play for Duke, it is almost impossible to turn down the chance to be a top 5 pick, so no one can blame Parker for making this decision.
Parker, who averaged 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game for the Blue Devils last season, is among the top 3 prospects on nearly every pundit’s draft board and several experts believe he is the best player in the upcoming draft.
Nearly any team could make a talent like Parker fit, but there are five specific destinations that would make a lot of sense.