Finally the wait is over highly touted recruit Jabari Parker has chosen where he will play basketball this upcoming fall. After much speculation and waiting, Parker chose Duke. This was clearly a blow to Michigan State basketball and Duke fans can celebrate and be excited they landed the No. 2 recruit in the nation.
In the end, losing Parker’s signature is heartbreaking to MSU and Tom Izzo. Izzo put a lot into adding Parker to the team
and he just fell short. Izzo especially would want Parker for next year, as most of Izzo’s current talent is returning. With only Derrick Nix leaving for sure, the Spartans with Parker could have made a real run at a national title. Gary Harris, Denzel Valentine, and Matt Costello are freshman who will get better. And key contributors Keith Appling and Branden Dawson will also be back. Parker was expected to be the final piece that could put this Michigan State team over the top. Sadly, he will play for Duke instead.
Parker couldn’t go wrong with Duke or Michigan State. Both are great schools and have great basketball programs. Still, I was kind of shocked he chose Duke. I believe Michigan State is in a better position to challenge for a national title next year.
Also, Parker was reported to be extremely family-oriented, and East Lansing is closer to Chicago than Durham. Brendan Dawson will probably stay at Michigan State next year and maybe Parker was not willing to play power forward. One thing is for sure, Parker will be plugged into the Duke lineup right away and be counted on to be a massive contributor.
Well, Spartans fans will definitely feel disappointed after Parker chose Duke. Regardless, fans should keep it in perspective that he is just one player. No matter how good, it is very seldom one player makes a team. Also, with all the returning talent the Spartans are still going to be a top 15 team next year. The reality is everyone wanted Jabari Parker and only one team got his signature, and that team was Duke.