Jabari Parker didn't picture his collegiate career ending like this. After a strong regular season showing which resulted in 19.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, Parker struggled under the brights lights of the NCAA Tournament, scoring 14 points on 4/14 shooting in 28 minutes. Following Duke's 78-71 loss to Mercer, Jabari had some very revealing things to say to ESPN's Andy Katz:
Jabari Parker tells @ESPNAndyKatz that his career is incomplete, and that could affect decision on whether to return for sophomore season.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 21, 2014
Even though analysts like Dick Vitale feel that the freshman forward is ready to take that next step, Parker has maintained that he doesn't have a problem staying in Duke for another year if there are improvements that could be made to his game. After hearing what he had to say today, it sounds like Jabari is leaning towards remaining a Blue Devil. But let's see how he's feeling after the dust settles and Parker is able to think things through.
[via Andy Katz]