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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.
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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."
North Carolina will boast seven athletes and Duke two on the 2014-15 U.S. women’s national field hockey team, as announced Wednesday by Coach Craig Parnham.
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