Today, Kansas star, and for some the consensus No. 1 pick in this year’s NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins made if official and declared for the 2014 NBA Draft. The consensus No. 2 overall prospect in the draft, Duke’s Jabari Parker, hasn’t…yet.
However, at least according to one NBA General Manager, there still remains doubt as to whether Parker will even declare for the draft this season.
“That’s what’s in the air right now, Parker staying, but we haven’t heard anything official,’’ one Eastern Conference GM with an interest in Parker’s plans said on Friday.
All this is pretty much ignited by the fact that after Duke’s upset loss to Mercer in the NCAA Tournament, Parker told reporters that he felt he had “unfinished business”, or something along those lines. But that was an emotional response to the loss, many believe. At least, many Eastern Conference teams are hoping.
Still, it seems very unlikely for Parker to return to Duke for his sophomore season. From the beginning of the year, the talk was about Wiggins or Parker, Parker or Wiggins. This draft just wouldn’t be the same without one of them.
And until Parker just comes out and says it, I don’t think we should worry about him returning to Duke despite what reports surface. After all, I’m not sure how much more he can prove in the college ranks.