Duke’s Jabari Parker Declares for the NBA Draft

Kelly Kline/Getty Images(DURHAM, N.C.) -- After much deliberation, Jabari Parker has decided to forgo the final three years of eligibility at Duke and declare for the 2014 NBA Draft.

In his lone season at Duke, Parker lived up to the hype as he averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. He set Duke records in points, rebounds, and double-doubles for a freshman.

Various reports had said that Parker nearly returned for his sophomore season, but decided in the end it was best for him to go pro.

"I realize how much of a privilege and an honor it is to join the ranks of the NBA. I will do everything in my power to help deliver championships to the franchise that drafts me. At the same time, I recognize the obligation to represent the league in an admirable way off the court," Parker said in an essay he wrote for Sports Illustrated.

With Parker now declared, he is expected to compete for the number one overall spot. The draft will be held on June 26.

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