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The Wolfpack struggled through a miserable 2013 season that included plenty of upheaval at quarterback while Jacoby Brissett sat out as a transfer from Florida. All the while, Brissett worked with the scout team as fans talked about the guy waiting in the wings to take over this fall.
Incoming Duke freshman Justin Bellinger, an 11th-round draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this month, said Friday that he’s turning down the Cardinals’ contract offer and will report to Duke on Sunday.
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P.J. Hairston was selected with the 26th pick by the Miami Heat, who then sent him to the Charlotte Hornets as part of an earlier trade. The Greensboro native worked out twice with the Hornets, who are owned by Michael Jordan and were desperate for a shooter.
DUKE STAR PLEASED AT MILWAUKEE'S COMMITMENT TO HIM iN DRAFT
Commitment means something to Jabari Parker.
He appreciated how much Duke coveted his services for college basketball when he came out of Chicago’s Simeon High School last year as the nation’s top prep basketball player.
On Thursday night, when the time came to take his game to its highest level, he saw another team live up to its word by committing to him.
In the days leading up to the NBA Draft, the Milwaukee Bucks told Parker they wanted him if Cleveland didn’t select him with the No.1 overall pick.
When the Cavaliers selected Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins, Milwaukee followed through, picked Parker and brought him back to his Midwestern roots.
“It’s just been real humbling to get anybody who just wants you,” Parker said. “I’ve been having the luxury of Duke and Simeon really embracing me and the Bucks have shown that by picking me up. Even if it was the No. 1 pick, the No. 3 pick, I’m just so, so glad and so grateful.”
The Cavaliers considered the 6-8 Parker for the top pick along with Australian teenager Dante Exum, a 6-5 shooting guard and son of former UNC player Cecil Exum, and Wiggins’ Kansas teammate Joel Embiid.
PARKER (BUCKS), WARREN (SUNS), HOOD (JAZZ) ARE TOP AREA PICKS
Duke’s Jabari Parker wound up going where he expected, T.J. Warren of Durham and N.C. State perhaps a little bit higher while former Blue Devil Rodney Hood waited the longest to learn his NBA fate.
Parker assured Duke of having first-round draft picks in four consecutive NBA drafts Thursday night when Milwaukee took him with the No. 2 overall pick of the NBA Draft at the Barclays Center.
Later, Warren became the first Durham native drafted in the first round in 21 years when Phoenix selected the former Wolfpack and Riverside High School star with the 14th overall pick.
Hood, who worked out for teams like Sacramento and Charlotte who owned top-10 picks, fell to a place far away yet he’ll have familiarity. With the No. 23 pick, Hood went to the Utah Jazz, who have a new head coach in former Duke guard and assistant coach Quin Snyder. Another former Duke player, Antonio Lang, is one of Snyder’s assistant coaches.
“It means a lot,” Hood said. “Duke is a real big family. Just because I decided to come to the NBA doesn’t mean I’m shamed from the family. Duke is a big brotherhood. I just thank Quin Snyder and the general manager and the people that made the decision on me. I really appreciate it.”
Milwaukee had shown strong pre-draft interest in Parker and they gladly grabbed him after Cleveland took Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall pick.
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DUKE'S PARKER AND HOOD LIKELY LOTTERY PICKS IN THURSDAY'S NBA DRAFT
Brought together to lead Duke to another NCAA championship, Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood saw their Blue Devil careers end far short of that.
Yet, even though they played just one season together for coach Mike Krzyzewski, they formed a bond they will carry into the next level of basketball at the NBA Draft tonight.
Having worked out for only the draft’s top teams, Parker said Milwaukee has told him it will take him with the No. 2 pick if he’s available.
Hood made a tour of NBA teams this month, holding 11 workouts. From Phoenix and Sacramento to Charlotte and Philadelphia, Hood showed off his accurate shooting stroke for them all.
All along, Hood and Parker remained in close contact, trading notes and talking basketball.
“I’ve been working out for a lot more teams than he has,” Hood said Wednesday. “But it’s been great going through it with somebody that you know and care about and you hope he does well. I know he hopes that I do well.”
Parker led Duke in scoring with 19.1 points per game on the way to being named a first-team all-American as a freshman. Hood was next at 16.1 points per game while also carrying the responsibility as a team captain for the Blue Devils.
In those pre-draft workouts, Hood has impressed teams such that Sacramento at No. 8 and Charlotte at No. 9 have considered him for those slots.
It's going to be tough in 2014-15 for Duke to improve on this past year. Athletic director Kevin White thinks the Blue Devils can do it. In an interview with The Associated Press, White called it a "really good year" but added that "we were really close to having one of those really great years."