College basketball notebook: Top recruit Parker announces he’s headed to Duke
Prized prospect Jabari Parker of Chicago’s Simeon Career Academy, one of the most highly touted recruits in years, is headed to Duke.
With a national TV audience watching, he announced his decision at a news conference yesterday at his high school.
Parker can’t sign his letter of intent until April 17, but he made his intentions clear with one highly anticipated oral commitment.
Michigan State, Florida, Brigham Young and Stanford also made his top five, but he chose to play for Mike Krzyzewski for at least a year before making what many believe will ultimately be a jump to the NBA.
“Coach K is one of the best coaches ever,” Parker said. “He’s Coach K, he’s the guru of all basketball.”
At 6-foot-8 and with the ability to nail jumpers from just about any spot when he’s not throwing down ferocious dunks, it’s easy to see why just about every major program was interested in Parker.
Parker just might be the greatest prospect to come out of Simeon, and that’s saying something considering Derrick Rose played there. All he did was go on to become the MVP with the hometown Bulls of the NBA.
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No. 1 Duke 76, Elon 54 — Mason Plumlee had 21 points and 15 rebounds as Duke beat Elon (6-5) last night for its 100th straight nonconference win at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Ryan Kelly added 14 points and freshman Rasheed Sulaimon had 13 for the Blue Devils (11-0).
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Michigan State 50, Texas Tech 48, OT — Michigan State shot worse than 33 percent from the floor but held off Texas Tech (8-2) in overtime in Las Vegas. Jasmine Thomas led the Spartans (11-1) with 11 points. No. 9 Maryland 69, Delaware 53 — Tianna Hawkins had 16 points and 16 rebounds, Maryland hounded All-American Elena Delle Donne in her return from an illness and the Terrapins beat host Delaware. Delle Donne played for just the second time this season. She finished with 19 points.