Jabari Parker spent one season at Duke before writing a lengthy letter declaring his intentions to forego his NCAA eligibility and declare for the NBA Draft. This was not a surprise, even though Parker seemed to be flirting with the idea of returning to school after Duke’s second-round loss to Mercer in the NCAA Tournament. Now, on the eve of the NBA Draft, the front office for the Cleveland Cavaliers is debating whether Jabari Parker should be their No. 1 draft pick. Last year, Cleveland drafted Anthony Bennett first overall. This pick came as a surprise to many and Bennett solidified that speculation by averaging only 4.2 points per game as a rookie. This year, the Cavaliers want to redeem themselves from last year’s debacle. Parker brought a sense of maturity to the Blue Devils last season that was unmatched by any of the other premier freshman in the county. While averaging 19 points per game, Parker played like a senior throughout the entire season by not taking plays off and leading the team by example. “He’s a mature kid. He’s a talented kid. He’s not somebody who is full of himself,” former Blue Devil Grant Hill stated about Parker. Although Hill mentioned he has a tough time remaining objective due to his Duke roots, he believes that Parker should be taken with the No. 1 pick.
Cavaliers should make Jabari Parker top pick
Sporting News | Jun 25