The Duke forward had plenty of competition to win the award in a highly touted freshman class. However, from the beginning of the season, Jabari Parker looked primed to become one of the top players in the country.
Kansas had two freshman vying for top honors. Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins had terrific seasons for the Jayhawks. Along with Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis and Kentucky’s Julius Randle, those five players make up the freshman All-American team.
Parker’s stellar play helped Duke reach the conference finals in the ACC tournament, yet he couldn’t get them over the hump in a rematch vs. Virginia. The Blue Devils finished third in the ACC with a (26-8) record.
Duke earned a No.3 seed in the NCAA tournament on Sunday in the Midwest region. They are part of a tough bracket, but Parker could have the biggest impact by a single player in the field.
Jabari Parker averages 19.3 points per game and 8.8 rebounds.
Duke faces No. 14 seed Mercer on Friday.
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