this March 8, 2014 file photo, Duke's Jabari Parker shoots
as North Carolina's Brice Johnson and Marcus Paige, right,
defend during the second half of an NCAA college basketball
game in Durham, N.C. Parker was selected to The Associated
Press All-America team, released Monday, March 31, 2014.
CITY — Jabari Parker says he plans to meet with Duke coach
Mike Krzyzewski when he returns to Durham, N.C., on Tuesday, and
he will decide Wednesday whether to declare for the NBA draft or
return to college for his sophomore year.
was in Oklahoma City with his parents to accept the Wayman Tisdale
Award as college basketball's top freshman. He says his decision
will be based on where he can grow the most.
know where that is right now," Parker said. "I'll talk
to coach about it and lay out my options, but I'm just really glad
I get the best of both worlds."
Parker was the
highest-scoring freshman in Duke history (19.1 per game) and is
the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and
The draft is June
Kansas coach Bill
Self was also honored at the event with the Wayman Tisdale
Humanitarian Award and he talked from experience about the
decision Parker is facing. Self recently had two freshmen, Andrew
Wiggins and Joel Embiid, declare for the draft and last season had
a one-and-done player in Ben McLemore.
"I hope that
Coach K's meeting goes better than my meeting went with Joel and
Ben. Wiggins, we knew he was gone before we even got him,"
said Self. "Jabari, I had a chance to recruit him and he's
obviously a special talent and great human being. But the way it's
set up, it makes it very difficult for these kids to come back.
He'll make a great decision whatever it is."
coach Gregg Marshall, whose team won their first 35 games this
season before losing to eventual national runner-up Kentucky in
the NCAA tournament, received the Henry Iba Award as the coach of
McDermott, accompanied by his coach and father, Greg, picked up
the Oscar Robertson Award as the nation's top player.