No Announcement Expected from Jabari Parker Wednesday

parkerJabari Parker will not announce his future plans on Wednesday, Duke basketball associate director of sports information Matt Plizga confirmed to SNY.tv Tuesday night.

The Chicago Tribune reported the development earlier in the day.

Plizga said reporters in Oklahoma City “misconstrued [Parker's] comments” Monday when he said he would meet this week with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and then decide whether or not to enter the NBA Draft. To read more of this story, click here

Duke’s Jabari Parker to Make Decision Wednesday


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plans to “set up an appointment” with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski when he returns to Durham, N.C., on Tuesday and he will decide Wednesday whether to declare for the NBA Draft or return to college for his sophomore year.

The Associated Press reported the news Monday. The 6-foot-8 Parker is currently in Oklahoma City to accept the Wayman Tisdale Award as college basketball’s top freshman. To read more of this story, click here

Jabari Parker to Decide Plans by Tuesday or Wednesday

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By JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

Jabari Parker will meet with Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski next week to make a decision about whether or not to enter the NBA Draft.

“I’m going to make it by either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week,” Parker said on ESPN SportsNation.

“It’s a very tough decision, especially potentially leaving behind my coach and the program that really helped me out this year, so I really have to keep them in consideration in this whole process,” Parker added to ESPNLA 710 Radio. To read more of this story, click here

For Now, Duke Fans Can Dream of a Jabari-Jahlil Combo

parker-okaforARLINGTON, Texas — For the next couple of weeks, or at least until Jabari Parker makes his future plans official, Duke fans can dream.

They can dream of a Jabari Parker-Jahlil Okafor combo leading the way to a Final Four in 2015.

“Oh, it would be great,” the 6-foot-8 Parker, a projected top-3 pick int he NBA Draft, told SNY.tv back in November.

“I would just work off him. A lot of attention would come up towards him and a lot of attention will come towards me, so we can work hand-in-hand with each other depending on where we are on different spots on the floor.”

At this point in time it remains theoretically possible that the two Chicago natives, the two Morgan Wootten National High School Players of the Year, could team up under Coach K next season. To read more of this story, click here

Sonny Parker Says Jabari is ‘Undecided’ on NBA Draft

JabariSonny Parker, the former NBA player and father of Duke freshman star Jabari Parker, says his son is “undecided” about entering the NBA Draft.

“He’s undecided and we know the [NBA’s Early Entry eligibility] deadline is the 27th [of April] so if he’s going to make a decision he has to make it by that date but right now he’s undecided,” Sonny told SNY.tv by phone Tuesday morning.

The 6-foot-8 Parker is projected as the No. 3 pick in the draft behind the Kansas duo of Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, according to DraftExpress.com.

Wiggins on Monday officially declared for the draft, while the 7-foot Embiid has yet to publicly announce, although Yahoo! Sports reported he’s coming out. To read more of this story, click here

Marquette Hires Duke’s Wojo

Marquette has hired Duke associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski as its new basketball coach.

Coach Wojo has worked with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski for 19 years, including 15 as an assistant.

He is the second high-profile Coach K assistant to leave in the last two years, following Chris Collins, who took the Northwestern job.

Wojo, 37, replaces Buzz Williams, who resigned March 21 for the Virginia Tech job.

Marquette also reportedly interviewed VCU’s Shaka Smart and Tennessee’s Cuonzo Martin. To read more of this story, click here

Duke Pledge Grayson Allen Wins McDonald’s All-American Dunk Contest

Duke-bound Grayson Allen won the McDonald’s All-American Dunk Contest Monday night in Chicago when he jumped over 6-foot-10 Jahlil Okafor — his future Duke teammate -while wearing a retro No. 22 Jay Williams Duke jersey. Allen topped Karl-Anthony Towns, Theo Pinson, A’ja Wilson, Justise Winslow, Kelly Oubre and Stanley Johnson. 

The 6-foot-4 Allen will be joining Okafor, Winslow and Tyus Jones next year in Durham.

Allen, from Jacksonville, Fla., chose Duke over Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Purdue, South Florida, Texas and Virginia Tech.

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Luke Kennard to Duke

Despite getting bounced in the second round of the NCAA Tournament by Mercer on Friday, there is some good news for Duke.

Luke Kennard, a 6-foot-5 2015 shooting guard from Franklin (Ohio) who was named the Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year and the AP Ohio Mr. Basketball, announced for the Blue Devils on Monday night at his high school.

Ranked No. 24 in the Class of 2015 by ESPN.com, Kennard also considered Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisville, Ohio State, Michigan and Florida.

“Being around Coach K and the players – how the program was ran – I could tell it was a very special place and I could see myself fitting in there,” he said, according to the News & Observer. “I felt at peace with my decision. Duke was the best fit for me.”

Kennard, who scored a career-high 59 points in February and averaged 40 points and 10.4 rebounds, visited Duke earlier this month for the North Carolina game and loved his official visit.

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After Duke Loss, Parker, Hood Face NBA Decisions

Parker 3BUFFALO — With Duke’s stunning loss to Mercer in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Friday, Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood suddenly must make decisions about  the NBA Draft a lot quicker than they probably imagined they would have to.

There will be no run to the Sweet 16 or Final 4 for Parker and Hood. They are done for the season — and probably for their college careers.

DraftExpress.com has the 6-foot-8 Parker projected as the No. 3 overall pick in the NBA Draft, with the 6-8 Hood at No. 16. To read more of this story, click here

Duke, Kansas Remain Viable Options for Myles Turner; Will Visit Texas Last, Possible Visit to Kentucky

Duke and Kansas both remain viable options for uncommitted 2014 McDonald’s and Jordan Brand All-American Myles Turner despite the fact that both already have committed bigs in this class.

The 6-foot-11 Turner out of Euless (TX) Trinity has now taken officials to those two along with Ohio State and Oklahoma State, and will take his last visit to Texas, David Turner told SNY.tv. It’s possible he could also take an unofficial to Kentucky. To read more of this story, click here