Jabari Parker Picks Duke Over Michigan State, Others (UPDATED)

Jabari Parker finally made his college announcement on Thursday.

“The fall of 2013 I will be attending,” he said before asking for help from Simeon Career Academy coach Rob Smith with holding up a blue shirt, “I will be attending Duke University.

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound Parker is the No. 2 prospect in the Class of 2013, he has led Simeon to three straight Illinois state championships and was the 2012 Gatorade National Player of the Year. He was down to Duke, Michigan State, Florida, BYU and Stanford.

“I just chose Duke because it was the perfect fit for me,” he said. “I think Coach [Mike] Krzyzewski…he’s just interested and he’s really played a key hand in my development, even throughout high school and telling me basic things in what I need to do. And I just felt comfortable.”

Michigan State coaches Tom Izzo and Dwayne Stephens got the last visit with Parker and his family Wednesday, but Coach K’s visit on Tuesday proved to be enough.

Parker is also a Mormon who has said he will forego his mission next year and may take it at some point in the future.

“He’s a part of the church, he’s LDS,” Sonny Parker recently told SNY.tv. “That’s always going to be there.”

A product of the same school that produced former No. 1 overall draft pick Derrick Rose, Parker has drawn comparisons to Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce and Georgetown forward Otto Porter.

He joins shooting guard Matt Jones and small forward Semi Ojeleye in Duke’s 2013 class. The Blue Devils lose forwards Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly and guard Seth Curry to graduation, but will add Mississippi State transfer Rodney Hood and retain many of their current pieces.

“Jabari can be great, a five- or six-year All-Star player, and make the Hall of Fame,” Smith told the New York Times. “Everyone wants me to determine who’s the best between him and Derrick. They are both humble, mild-mannered, and love their families. The things you look for in a kid, they have it.”

As a junior, Parker averaged 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.3 blocks and 1.4 steals a game. This year he has been recovering from a broken foot suffered with the U.S. U17 team in July.

With Parker off the board, that leaves Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon and Dakari Johnson as the top uncommitted players in the Class of 2013. All of them are expected to sign in the spring.




97 comments
jetsfan14
jetsfan14

PFF picked Ellis, which seems fair enough. The Jets were very lucky last year not to have any major injuries on the line. But if Harrison were to go down at some point this season, I could see Ellis stepping up in a very big way.


Another choice might be Darrin Walls, who played well at CB last year, and might have a chance to be a very big contributor this year, depending on Patterson's health and McDougle's development.

bennyjets
bennyjets

Since he's getting so much flack for not being a #1 receiver, and being a product of that veteran QB Denver has, his name slips my mind, I'm going to pick Eric Decker.  I think he'll have a strong season with Geno who threw the most yards of any Jets rookie.  I also think his frame will have him grade out great as a blocker which also counts in PFF's grades.

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

Kenrick's the obvious choice to me. Per snap, I believe he was one of the best graded players in the league last year, no?

Paul Samuels
Paul Samuels

Demario Davis, he will have a breakout year this year. 

bob
bob

Coples! 


I wouldn't bet against Stephen Hill getting better. 

jsadolph
jsadolph

Maybe it's wishful thinking, but I think it is going to be Ivory. He is already a household name,but if he stays healthy all year, he could be a superstar. With the weapons we have now he could have a huge year.

But I could see Coples getting it.

Jeremy Bleecher
Jeremy Bleecher

David Nelson, the forgotten WR.  Nelson came in last year with no training camp and had a decent season.  A full off-season should give him a big boost.  I expect him to be the #2 WR this year.

Jeremy Bleecher
Jeremy Bleecher

David Nelson, the forgotten WR.  He had a decent season last year playing without a training camp.  A full offseason should keep him as the #2 WR.

davem
davem

I'm going with Coples. Played at a high level the second half of the season but flies under the radar for a first rd pick due to the overall depth of the jets defensive front

a57se
a57se

Kenrick Ellis or Damon Harrison.......both players graded out very well but are relatively unknown outside of Jets fandom.

Bent
Bent moderator

To reiterate, they're going to pick someone not that well known that their grading system rates highly.


If the player you've chosen is already well known or didn't grade out well last year, you need to guess again - although we are seeing some good suggestions for potential breakout players.

David Aron
David Aron

seeing that the sons of anarchy are household names, i'll pick LB Barnes.
if rookies were legitimate candidates, i would have picked TE Amaro, who i think will have a larger impact on the team's performance than Barnes.
david from haifa

__fense
__fense

I was just talking to my brother about this, and he's under the impression that it'll be Wilkerson, on the grounds that the national media and NFL fans as a whole don't ever talk about him as one of the best at his position. I thought that that couldn't be true, but he did get snubbed for the pro bowl, so I don't know. 

Jeff E. Guy
Jeff E. Guy

This is purely wishful thinking: Stephen Hill.  But if he doesn't have 15 catches by the Chargers game, I'll be labeling him a bust.....




Bent
Bent moderator

I think you're all wrong - it's going to be Kenrick Ellis (and no, I don't know this for sure, although I'm sure I could get them to tell me).  Looking at who they usually select in this series, it's going to be someone who graded out well.  The only reason it wouldn't be Ellis is because they rate Harrison highly too so they might think it's a bad idea to pick Ellis because there's no guarantee he'll play more.  If that's the situation, then Patterson would be my next guess.  I don't think they'll pick Harrison because he's already established himself as a key contributor.


If you were simply picking someone who you think will take a step forward in 2014, then the likes of Coples, Allen etc would be good picks, but PFF won't pick those guys because they didn't grade out that well last year and they're trying to highlight guys who they've noticed have played well before anyone else realized rather than just make a prediction.

Kyle Ely
Kyle Ely

Snacks will become a league known player at the end of this year

Pablo Bruno
Pablo Bruno

I think Antonio Allen will make strides this year, so will Stephen Hill, there are alot of possible candidates, but I chose those two because the potential is there but aren't among the popular of choices.

Bent
Bent moderator

@DarrolRayFanClub Totally agree with you, but Bohanon is a guy they rated as worst in the NFL at his position so I can pretty confidently say it won't be him.

Pat d
Pat d

I'll take that bet

a57se
a57se

@jsadolph 

Ivory may be a household name in Jet land but around the NFL? I doubt it.

Bent
Bent moderator

@__fense Nah, he's too well known and already a major contributor.

levi
levi

@Bent I guess you could be right but I dont think Ellis gets much play time unless there is an injury. Under your guide lines I would think Milliner has a better chance.

__fense
__fense

@Kyle Ely I thought it was weird that someone said him before, because I was under the impression that he was already a league known player. Making him wait until the end of the year is too long. 

dabronx
dabronx

@Kyle Ely I agree. Already one of the better nose tackles in the NFL. Great undrafted free agent signing. 

marcus81
marcus81

@Anthony Capp  hope it's Hill, he is almost a first considering Jets moved in the 2nd round to get him, bad scouting job taking a guy with so few catches in college, not his fault if they where running and running offense

David Aron
David Aron

@Bent @Marcus Armstrong good job picking the correct secret player of the year.
that said, will idzik trade him instead of sign him to a big contract?

Bent
Bent moderator

@levi @Bent I hope it's not Milliner, purely because they already profiled him recently!

a57se
a57se

@marcus81 @Anthony Capp 

Isn't that a bit over stated?

We moved from 47 to 43 to take Hill......not exactly a huge leap although Tanny probably gave up too much to make the jump.

Bent
Bent moderator

@Hanknaples @Dr. Jonathan Reefer @__fense Where is your source that the Jets are interested?


It certainly isn't that article, which merely refers to an NFL.com where an analyst "Chris Wesseling" speculates that the Jets might be a potential landing spot.

__fense
__fense

@Dr. Jonathan Reefer But do people really say that?

Bent
Bent moderator

@levi @Bent I'm doing a BGA on Milliner this weekend, funnily enough.  Hopefully that will go a little deeper.

levi
levi

@Bent Thanks Bent. Pretty much what we already knew though.

levi
levi

@Bent @levi I missed where they profiled Milliner. Is there a link?

Bent
Bent moderator


@Hanknaples @Bent @levi Over a year?  What had he done to be considered the Jets' Super Star prior to 5/26/2013?

Anthony Capp
Anthony Capp

@a57se @marcus81 @Anthony Capp I think with less focus on Hill this year, with the likes of Decker, Kerley, and Nelson, and Shaq Evans getting touches, he should have a good shot at getting over the top and fair well