Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014 at 10:10 am  |  23 responses

Jabari Parker’s Father Says He’s ‘Not Entertaining’ NBA Future

Responding to a published report claiming that NBA execs believe Jabari Parker won’t enter this summer’s draft, Sonny Parker said his son hasn’t begun to seriously consider his future beyond this year at Duke University. Per WEEI:

“My wife, my son and I haven’t talked about it,” Jabari’s father, Sonny Parker, who played for the Warriors from 1976-82, said. “We honestly don’t know. After the season, we’ll talk about it. That’s what I told Coach K [Mike Krzyzewski] when he was recruiting Jabari, and that’s what I tell him now.

“We just want Jabari to enjoy the season. People can speculate all they want, but it’s not a discussion. Right now, he’s dealing with being a student-athlete at Duke. He’s not entertaining that.”

“We’re not thinking about that right now, and we don’t want him thinking about it,” added Sonny Parker. “He doesn’t want it to be a distraction for his teammates. I don’t know where they’re getting their information, because we really don’t know what he’s going to do. He just wants to have fun, concentrate on this season and enjoy school.”

“Everybody’s got him one-and-done,” said Sonny Parker, who knows many mock drafts have his son listed as high as the No. 1 overall choice. “We know the projections. We know what people are saying. Right now, he just wants to win a championship. Everybody’s saying he’s coming out, but he’ll let us know. That will come from him.”

Meanwhile, Parker is averaging 19.1 points (48.6 FG%, 40.9 3P%, 74.5 FT%), 7.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.1 blocks and 0.9 steals in 29.1 minutes per game for the Blue Devils (14-4). After his scoring average dipped to 10.8 points on just 32.2 percent shooting over a five-game stretch that included losses to Notre Dame and Clemson earlier this month, Parker bounced back with 23 points on 14 shots against N.C. State over the weekend.

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  • Anthony

    MONEY is the MOST IMPORTANT thing! EARNING POTENTIAL…He should of declared for the draft in 10th grade! The ONLY way he can get better is to carry bags, get peanut butter & jelly sandwhiches for vets, and get his new car stuffed with concession stand popcorn…the best place for him & his future as a 20 y/o is playing a grueling 82 game season across 41 cities, without any personal direction or leadership from the HOF coach K & presumably distanced from his family!..go pro young man, go pro!…..(SARCASM)

  • Max

    There are not 41 teams in the L.

  • bike

    Well, his father really cleared that up for everyone.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    sounds like if he does stay, he’s doing so for the right reasons. and thank goodness outside pressure doesn’t seem to be a factor in his decision.

  • Anthony

    82 games…41 at home 41 on the road, counting each “city” as a trip to whatever city that particular franchise is in…..gimmie a break cuz!

  • tigerJK

    good point!

  • Max

    That still doesn’t make any sense, but i will give you a break cuh!

  • spit hot fiyah

    utah will just suck again for a year if he stays in school

  • 2chainz

    NCAA and NBA basketball are completely different levels. Why would staying 4 years in college and playing basketball improve you as a player when the next level is much more different. The only thing that changes is the team he plays for if he doesn’t declare for a draft in a certain year.

    If you are a good player you will flourish anywhere, staying longer or going earlier just depends on financial situation or just mental readiness.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    or this,

    “he just wants to win a championship”

    nobody is arguing anything about staying in college to improve as a player.

  • terry

    You clearly don’t like reason, logic, and sense. If this is what you took from yesterday’s discussion, you didn’t comprehend a single thing you read. Of course, I am only assuming you even bothered to read opinions contrary to your own.

  • Matisse

    And it’s a damn shame too. I’ve always enjoyed and learned the discussions just as much as the articles posted here.

  • brothasdontsurf

    lol, but I don’t think they’re intentionally sucking

  • Helen J. Johnson


    ✇✇✇ୣ✇ ✇✇✇ ✇✇✇✇ ✇ଭ✇✇✇ ✇✇✇Of course, I am only assuming you even bothered to read opinions contrary to your own.

  • spit hot fiyah

    they just traded for richard jefferson and beidrins in the off season, that’s as intentional as it gets

  • JT

    saying all the right things to the media but be real.. take your shot while you got it or end up a Sullinger 2.0

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    University/college is an awesome and once-in-a-lifetime experience (its not the same when you’re, say, 27 and going back to school). It must be extra awesome when you’re a student athlete and love the school you’re in.

    Good for him for enjoying it and doing things his own way.

  • http://www.offthebackboard.wordpress.com/ Off The Backboard

    He will still make money even without the NBA. That’s where the degree and educational background comes in. Sure, he won’t millions, but he won’t be a bum.

  • Terry

    It’s really not a once in a lifetime experience. Not knocking Jabari of he wants to stay & live the college life, but people exaggerate the college experience. This is coming from a girl chasing, party boy frat guy, who maintained a 3.8 GPA. You’re right that it isn’t the same as being 27, and more focused on what a $30,00 education requires. Also, I wish people would stop peddling the nonsense of college being some sort of guarantee of a successful life. Reality, especially in the last decade or so, begs to differ. Too many people graduate with useless degrees, only to be someone’s secretary. You should probably take a good hard look at some data to give you better perspective.




  • terry

    On what planet does a college degree guarantee that you won’t end up the same way someone without one does? Have you looked at any labor statistics lately? See my post below.

  • brothasdontsurf

    True (2 Chainz Voice)
    But I cannot think of a marquee free agent who has ever wanted to sign with Utah

  • Opinion

    What if beside winning and improving, he wants to enjoy some school life? I mean he can get those money checks, but he cant turn back time to become a teenager again and enjoy school life

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that’s a perfectly good reason. as long as the reason actually makes sense i have no qualms.