College Hoops Player of the Day for Thursday, December 19, 2013
Duke freshman, Jabari Parker, is probably the most talked-about player in college basketball this season, and for good reason.
Parker, a 6'8" forward out of Chicago, is part of a talent-laden Blue Devil squad that appears headed to the top of the polls and to the lead position in the expanded ACC. He's scored in double figures in all of his 11 games this season, is averaging 22.1 points and 7.8 rebounds and on Thursday recorded his third double-double in Duke's 80-63 rout of UCLA in a showcase game at Madison Square Garden.
With 23 points, 10 boards and five assists, Parker helped the Blue Devils unknot a 37-all tie at the half and pull away late for the relatively easy victory. Parker played 37 minutes, hit seven of 13 shots, was 4-for-8 from three-point range and made all five of his free throws, scoring 11 points in the first half and 12 in the second twenty minutes. Parker leads the 8th-ranked Blue Devils in both scoring and rebounding.
Duke's 9-2 record includes losses to Arizona and Kansas. Next up for the Blue Devils is a December 29 meeting with Eastern Michigan. They begin conference play on January 4, at Notre Dame.