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Report: Jabari Parker might stay in school

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) January 21, 2014 Draft 19 Comments

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But we made a catchy “Jabari Safari” slogan for him and everything!  Sam Smith reports

…the growing view among NBA executives seems to be Jabari Parker will not leave Duke this year. Chicagoan Jahlil Okafor, a Parker friend and big man, is going to Duke next season. Parker is a bright young man with a strong family and the feeling is he understands both the importance of education and feels he owes Duke and the chance to have a great Duke team, which more than likely is the next two seasons. Plus, Parker has seen what staying in school has done for other greats compared with the tough starts for even stars like Kobe Bryant.

This is always the risk you take when you set on down the path of tanking… your prime targets aren’t always guaranteed to come out of school.

These are emotional young men who can create serious attachments to their schools.  You never know who’ll get enamored with the college life.  Plus, if he has a chance to spend another year in school and be the consensus number one pick, he could make that money back.

Say, for example, he goes fifth this year.  His salary would be $3 million.  If goes first in the NEXT draft, he’ll make $4.7 million.  He’ll make up the difference in what he gave up over the course of his rookie deal, so there’s really not a huge financial risk.  If his family isn’t desperate for his money, then he can make a clearer decision about how he wants his career to play out.

This is a deep draft, but this would be one HUGE piece out of the mix.  This would mean one team would miss out on a big-time player they thought they could get.

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  • Curt Hays

    Remember that one time that Red drafted Larry Bird, but Larry Bird stayed in college? That ended up working out well enough. :-)
    However, they made a rule called the Bird Collegiate Rule to prevent us from drafting Jabrari till next year. Thanks a lot, Larry.

    • Thatguy

      On the bright side, hey. We drafted Larry Bird. :P

      • Curt Hays

        Do you think we’ll be lucky enough to get him again this time?

        • Thatguy

          “Anything is possible!” – Some guy named Kevin.

          • Curt Hays

            Not gonna lie, I teared up a little bit just then.

  • eddysamson

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo I liked this dude way better than anyone else.

  • AlaskanPotatoSlap

    So we get Embiid, Smart, or Exum this year. Next year we get Parker. :D

  • KGino

    Crap! I heard the other day Wiggins/Embiid might stay another year too! Lets hope they see those $ signs and decide against it

  • Frank Aziza

    We can be in the lottery via Nets draft picks the next few seasons.

  • tvor03

    these stories come out every year about the top picks. You never know what’s going to happen until after march madness. It’s a lot easier to say you’ll stay when there’s still 20 games left to play. When the season’s over and everyone is talking about money, it becomes a lot harder to stay in school.

  • RedsLoveChild

    If this is true—and I strongly doubt that it is—it means two things :

    1} Mrs. Parker has an idiot for a son, and someone needs to slap some sense into his head! He just might regret his decision should he fracture his leg in three places during his soph or jr. year at college. Another Chicagoan, named KG, gave college the finger, and things turned out just fine for him.

    2} Since there might be one less great talent available in the draft, we`ll have to turn the tanking effort up a notch, take it to the next level.

    • forever_green

      2} lol

  • bill_nair

    That would be unfortunate. I really want him in green.

  • Roy Sanchez

    We still have two first-round picks next year so we can still get it done for jabari. I respect his reasoning

  • adam

    WTF, there goes my Party for Jabari slogan….

  • cal

    can’t count on getting players in the lottery

    • Mike C

      Exactly, I love this story… Now what do all the pro-tankers have to say? Anyone? What, should we dump another season down the drain next year? What if he decides to get his degree? Dump two more seasons on the “Possibility” of getting this kid. I have an IDEA, lets work on getting the best talent currently available in the NBA to rebuild our franchise. & stop pleading for college players who are totally unproven in the NBA, no matter what their lottery draft position may be!

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