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Jabari Parker to Decide Plans by Tuesday or Wednesday

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By JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

Jabari Parker will meet with Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski next week to make a decision about whether or not to enter the NBA Draft.

“I’m going to make it by either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week,” Parker said on ESPN SportsNation.

“It’s a very tough decision, especially potentially leaving behind my coach and the program that really helped me out this year, so I really have to keep them in consideration in this whole process,” Parker added to ESPNLA 710 Radio.

“My parents, they come from different backgrounds. They don’t even value money. My situation isn’t the best, but they’re not complaining and I’ve been going on this long so why can’t I wait another year? That’s the mindset in my head that keeps me moving.”

Parker, the No. 3 overall prospect by DraftExpress, is expected to be a top-3 pick if he does decide to enter the Draft.

Underclassmen have until April 27 to decide their plans. The Draft is set for June 26 in New York.

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.