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Duke loses Jabari Parker to the NBA draft 

Duke loses Jabari Parker to the NBA draft 

Duke forward Jabari Parker and Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins look for a possible rebound off a free-throw attempt during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Chicago. Kansas won 94-83. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

AARON BEARD, AP Basketball Writer

Duke freshman Jabari Parker is entering the NBA draft.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski says in a statement Thursday it was “an honor for us to have him in our program.” In an essay posted on SI.com, Parker says the NBA offers him the best chance to develop both as a player and off the court.

There is a strong chance Parker could be the No. 1 overall pick in June. The All-American was the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history and became the first freshman to be selected team MVP since Johnny Dawkins in 1983

He is the fifth Blue Devils player to enter the draft after his freshman season, joining Corey Maggette, Luol Deng, Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers.

 

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