So, Jabari Parker to Duke (and because of Branden Dawson?) … what’s next for MSU?

… A ridiculously and astronomically important bowl game in Tempe, Ariz., next week!

OK. Can’t sell that.

As for what’s next for Michigan State basketball, Jabari Parker’s decision to attend Duke isn’t program-crippling, just temporarily spirit-crushing.

Nor was Tom Izzo’s pursuit of Parker a waste of time. The inroads he’s made in Chicago, which is pumping out serious talent these days, may still pay off. (More on that in Friday’s LSJ column.)

There isn’t another Parker out there. Short of that, what MSU needs in its 2013 class is a drop-dead, confident and healthy outside shooter. Sort of what it hoped it had in Russell Byrd.

If this is about next year’s national championship, which is the only year in which Parker probably would have been around, MSU is essentially looking to add a piece to a team that returns everyone but Derrick Nix.

The Spartans have plenty of bigs. Good wings. Great guards. But no one that scares defenses beyond the arc and helps to spread out those defenses for what is otherwise sensational athleticism.

As for Parker’s decision, the strangest bit is that he mentioned not wanting to mess up Branden Dawson’s career as the primary reason he didn’t choose the Spartans.

[RELATED: Photo gallery from today's Parker presser in Chicago]

Those two could’ve easily played together in a lineup that also would have featured Keith Appling, Gary Harris and Adreian Payne. That’s an unbelievable group.

I wonder now about the conversations between Dawson and Parker on Parker’s recruiting visit.

I wonder why no one told Parker that he and Dawson would and could be a tandem? Maybe someone did.

And I wonder about Dawson moving forward, how fans will treat him. Hopefully there’s no ill will. And hopefully, next year, we get to see Dawson and Parker match up against each other.

ACC/Big Ten Challenge at Breslin, anyone?

Tough day for the Spartans. But nothing like when Chris Webber chose Michigan. And not as bad as if Magic or Mateen Cleaves said no.

If Cleaves had gone elsewhere, we wouldn’t even be having this discussion. Parker probably wouldn’t know what town Michigan State is in and Izzo would no longer be the coach, probably by a decade or more.

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23 Responses to So, Jabari Parker to Duke (and because of Branden Dawson?) … what’s next for MSU?

  1. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    Mark 8:36

  2. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    The blue devil went down to Simeon, he was looking for a soul to steal.
    He was in a bind ‘cos he was way behind and he was willin’ to make a deal.
    When he came across this young man jawin’ on a riddle and playin’ it hot.
    And the blue devil jumped upon a rookie year product endorsement stump and said: “Boy let me tell you what:
    “I guess you didn’t know it, but I’m a riddle player too.
    “And if you’d care to take a dare, I’ll make a bet with you.
    “Now you play a pretty good media riddle, boy, but give the blue devil his due:
    “I bet a Chinese shoe factory of gold against your soul, ‘cos I think I’m better than you

  3. avatar SpartyOn says:

    Sources: Coach K has placed a phone call to Izzo, passive-aggressively offering 2 Duke walk-ons as transfers in consolation.

  4. avatar LO Spartan says:

    MSU already has their drop dead outside shooter for next year. His name is Kenny Kaminski.

  5. avatar Trophy says:

    Why would anyone be upset with Dawson??? Parker doesn’t want to compete with him, that’s a pretty good compliment for BD. Can’t wait to see them compete against each other next year.

  6. avatar Rob says:

    Truly, no sour grapes here. The only thing that puzzles me is the comments about the Duke “pedigree” and education. What difference does that really make if you are in school for 1 year? Does anybody really see Jabari Parker coming back to Duke in the future to complete three years of schooling? That just seemed ridiculous to me.

    Good luck in your future endeavors WHATEVER those might be.

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Future endeavors

      2014 15 Million Salary 6 million rookie endorsements 21 Million
      at MSU same 15 milion salary 3 million rookie endorsements 18 milll

      21 million first year compensation at Duke
      18 million first year compensation due to less world wide marketing name recognition in China at MSU

      21 mill vs 18 million, disgusting but there it is and for three million dollars people will say anything.

    • avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

      It just occurred to me that maybe Parker’s foot problem is worse than is being let on. Or at least the family is worried that it might be in which case prospects of staying more than one year and getting a Duke degree become more important to them. It is said Momma is impressed with a Duke degree. I also can believe K can put on a pretty good show and he dose know how to work the egos. He did get a bunch if NBA prima donnas to play like a team at the Olympics. A little shoe money doesn’t hurt either.

    • avatar MAB says:

      Here is an interesting article by a Chicago writer (Joe linked to it on twitter). http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-spt-1221-haugh-jabari-parker-chicago–20121221,0,4076664.column
      The most telling thing to me is this quote by Parker’s mom when asked why a decision-like special was a good idea:
      “If he can change one kid to understand your way out is your books, then he has done his job.”
      I think Mom was pushing for Duke and Mom won.

  7. avatar IndianaSpartan says:

    Nobody that scares people behind the arc eh Graham? I guess you don’t think Gary Harris can shoot, and won’t show any improvement. I’m sure Western has a shooter you think is better.
    As for Dawson, I’d rather have at least three years of him than one of Parker. And, as Byrd can attest (as well as Bill Walton), I wish Parker the best in recovering from that broken foot. Those things are obviously tricky to heal and there are no guarantees.

    • avatar Graham Couch says:

      It’s not that Harris can’t shoot, it’s that his shooting isn’t what scares defenses most about him. Harris is such a phenomenal finisher at the rim, teams would rather he shoot from outside. That doesn’t help space the defense. And he’s not a drop-dead outside shooter. I’m not suggesting he change his game. I’m saying MSU could use a role player who’s entire offensive role is to force defenses to respect the 25-footer.

  8. avatar 1990 MSU ALUM says:

    Duke, really. The devil made him do it. I dknt think hes assassmart as everyone says. MSU is closer to his family than Duke. You can get a better degree from MSU than Duke. That foot probably won’t heal and off to his mission he goes. BD,, you are our man. If he does go on to play college ball, I beg for the opportunity to play them. Stifle em. You can show the world he cant stand up against you! GO SPARTAN NATION! Keep up the top notch work Tom!

    • avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

      Amen says the choir.

    • avatar Mr. Cresote. says:

      A better degree from MSU then from Duke, Really?
      Look, I’m a Spartan. Have been and always will be. But with just a couple of exceptions depending on programs, A Duke education/degree will always trump a MSU education/degree. That is just the way it is.

      • avatar Rob says:

        My point was that he is not getting a degree from EITHER school…..not being a one and done. So education has NOTHING to do with it. I don’t see Parker commuting back to Durham, NC during NBA breaks. LOL He was MORE honest when he admitted it was all about playing with Dawson.

      • avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

        Only in the publicity rankings, not in eat you learn. That is up to you. What you do with what you learn is also upto you.

    • avatar zukeys says:

      that was my favorite line. “so I can be closer to my family”. I don’t think he is NEARLY as smart as people think. He certainly doesn’t know geography worth a darn. Oh well, more crow to eat from my sister(Puke alum).

  9. avatar In Izzo We Trust! says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m bummed that he didn’t come here. However, after reading a couple of his comments, I don’t think I like the kid as much as I did before. The stuff about Dawson, as if Parker was gonna come right in here and wipe the floor with BD and take his position, I didn’t care for that. And the ‘Duke gets guys like me all the time’ comment-all I’ve heard is how humble this kid is; doesn’t really sound like it to me.

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