Duke Blue Devils’ forward Jabari Parker is one of the top prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft. He could be selected first overall and won’t go any lower than three.
However, Parker and another one of the draft’s top prospects, Kansas Jayhawks’ center Joel Embiid, will not participating in this year’s NBA Draft Scouting Combine.
According to Scott Howard-Cooper of NBA.com, that, combined with the notion that Parker was not in very good shape last season, has raised some concerns among scouts.
Obviously raises concerns about both, but hardly an actual setback. If both look good in workouts for top 3-5, skipping Chicago goes away.
— Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) May 11, 2014
Front offices have noted for a while Parker was not in great shape last season. If his agent still needs to hide him, it’s a concern. — Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) May 11, 2014
As Howard-Cooper points out, if Parker looks good for the teams selecting near the top of the draft, this really won’t matter.
Parker averaged 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game last season.