Jabari Parker Expects to Go No. 2 to Bucks

Jabari siNEW YORK — Reiterating comments he made to ESPN’s Andy Katz, Duke freshman Jabari Parker says he expects to be selected by the Milwaukee Bucks at No. 2 in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

That would reinforce the widespread belief that Canadian guard Andrew Wiggins of Kansas will go No. 1 overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“I got that answer, I got that fair assessment and they sat with me and said, ‘We’re going to go with you,'” Parker said of the Bucks. “I didn’t get that with the Cavs.”

“I have some comfort level with them, especially with them just telling me briefly, ‘We want you,” he added. “I didn’t get any really answers from the Cavs so I’m just going with what I’m certain with.”

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Duke’s Parker Can Envision Teaming With Okafor Next Season

Parker-OkaforNEW YORK — It’s early, but Duke fans can fantasize, can’t they?

Fantasize about what a 2014-15 roster that includes both Jabari Parker and their No. 1-ranked recruiting class featuring Jahlil Okafor would look like in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

“Oh, it would be great,” the 6-foot-8 Parker told SNY.tv Tuesday at a press conference in advance of tonight’s Preseason NIT in which Duke will face Alabama in one semifinal and Arizona will meet Drexel in the other.

“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.” To read more of this story, click here

Record-setting Day for Scarlet Knights

Mike Teel didn’t want to be distracted by the NFL Draft on Sunday, so he went out to play golf with his cousins on a beautiful afternoon instead.

That didn’t stop the former Rutgers quarterback from checking the draft updates on his phone at every chance.

“I was trying to keep my mind occupied but I was on the Internet updating the Web browser every five minutes,” Teel said by phone Monday morning.

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And read here about the seven Jersey players taken in Saturday’s first round.

Jersey Guys Filling Up the 1st Round

The Garden State is in the house.

Radio City Music Hall, that is.

New Jersey guys made up seven of the 32 first-round picks in Saturday’s NFL Draft.

OT Eugene Monroe of Virginia went at No. 8 to Jacksonville; DT B.J. Raji of Boston College was picked No. 9 by Green Bay; RB Knowshon Moreno of Georgia went No. 12 to Denver; CB Malcolm Jenkins of Ohio State went No. 14 to New Orleans; and LB Brian Cushing of Southern Cal was selected No. 15 by Houston.

Later, RB Donald Brown of UConn went No. 27 to New Orleans and WR Kenny Britt of Rutgers was chosen at No. 30 by Tennessee.

“It’s good to have a New Jersey crew out there in the draft,” Moreno said the other day. “Coaches need to start recruiting up here in New Jersey a little more.” To read more of this story, click here

Mark Sanchez to the Jets

Eric Mangini may no longer be the Jets coach, but he still managed to do them a solid on Draft Day.

Mangini, now the coach of the Cleveland Browns, traded the No. 5 pick in the NFL Draft to the Jets, who used it to select USC quarterback Mark Sanchez.

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Rutgers' McCourty Awaits Draft Day

When Jason McCourty ran the 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds in front of a slew of NFL scouts last month, he knew immediately he had helped his draft stock.

“Definitely. My brother [Devin McCourty] and Courtney Greene, they were all standing by the  scouts. They came up to me and said they all did a double take at their watches because nobody expected me to run that fast,” McCourty said by phone. “I kind of expected it because I had done a 4.28 in training.”

A 5-foot-10, 190-pound cornerback who starred at St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale, N.J., McCourty expects to be drafted somewhere in the middle rounds of the NFL Draft, which begins today at Radio City Music Hall.

“I’ve been told around the fifth [round] and I’ve also been told free agency,” McCourty said. To read more of this story, click here

Six Jersey Players Could Go in First Round

HOLMDEL, N.J. — During his time at Middletown South High School, Knowshon Moreno worked after school stocking shelves at a Modell’s Sporting Goods in this Jersey Shore town.

Now those same shelves are stocked with his red No. 24 University of Georgia jersey and will soon feature the jersey of whichever NFL franchise picks Moreno in Saturday’s NFL Draft.

On Thursday, Moreno spoke to more than a hundred fans, many of them children and teenagers from Middletown South, at the same Modell’s where he once worked. His Georgia jersey — priced at $60 — filled one wall opposite those of NFL stars Tony Romo, Eli Manning and Justin Tuck.

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And read the feature on Moreno’s old buddy Donald Brown here.