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MSU men’s basketball: Jabari Parker picks Duke over MSU

He told reporters that he was sold on becoming a Spartan until recently, and Jabari Parker decided that Duke would be the place for him to play college basketball.

It’s a tough blow for MSU coach Tom Izzo, who has one empty scholarship that he used to target the 6-foot-8 Chicago Simeon High forward. Instead, Mike Krzyzewski lands another top player, and the Spartans are left to scramble for someone to fill that lone spot in their  class of 2013.

Here’s a Sports Illustrated exclusive look at how Parker came about his decision. After his press conference, Parker told reporters that having Branden Dawson playing the same forward position was what excluded MSU. He also interestingly said that his visit to Duke’s Durham, N.C., campus was the worst of his five.

Parker can’t sign his letter of intent until April 17, 2013 and has between then and May 15 to make his Duke commitment official, so there’s still time for Parker to change his mind. It seems like a very remote possibility, but the option to eventually choose MSU does remain.

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54 Responses to MSU men’s basketball: Jabari Parker picks Duke over MSU

  1. avatar Sparty Frosty says:

    Parker saying that Dawson playing the same power forward position is a lame excuse. I wish him success- just not at Duke! Fail at Duke and excell in the pros Jabari! Be the one and done that everyone is predicting…no title for you though!

  2. avatar IBleedGreen says:

    My thoughts on his decision:

    http://youtu.be/Ubw5N8iVDHI

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      Mark 8:36

    • avatar Spartan 81 says:

      I bleed green, it was extra rookie year product endorsement dollars from more national televison exposure, we were denied a ring by the shoe companies, hate to be so crass but thats what happened.

      • avatar IBleedGreen says:

        Unfortunately, in today’s society, the dollar signs tend to speak more than character. That isn’t to say that Duke and Coach K aren’t class acts, but it’s unfortunate to be on the receiving end of that mindset. I feel bad for Coach Izzo because he really put a lot of work into recruiting the kid. Now, I know at the end of the day, he’ll be ok, MSU will be ok, and we’ll all move forward, it just stings a little now. :)

  3. avatar mysondave says:

    On the bright side JP may have been a distraction to the nucleus of an impressive Izzo-type team that is being assembled. I know, all the reports are that he is a good student, highly religious and of good character. But, the way he handled his recruitment by making himself seemingly more important than the basketball program may have been upsetting to Appling, Harris, Payne or Dawson who all will be the foundation for next year. It doesn’t take much to create a polarizing atmosphere when one individual is made out to be the “savior.” No matter what happens I believe next year could be special. Especially if Izzo can get a true point guard which we need more than another wing. Give me a Draymond Green any day. Go Green.

  4. avatar Mr. Cresote. says:

    Yes his comment concerning Dawson was strange. Given that, MSU was never in the chase. But academically, Duke is #8 Nationally and MSU is #72 in US News & World Report. Given academics, Go to Duke. Funny he should mention that his visit was not good. Our’s (My wife’s actually) wasn’t either. Didn’t care for the place. Tough loss though for MSU, three years of work and nothing to show for it. Hard as we might like to think, MSU is not a top tier athletic school, in any sport, when it comes to attracting that top 1 to 5 national recruit.

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      Unfortunately, you are not totally wrong. The Spartans are usually in the hunt because of their coaches, atmosphere, and facilities, but when push comes to shove, another school has a plus 1 of something.

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        Board room of Nike

        Recruit x has 23 National Appearances, our boy yelled Diaper Dandy 230 time

        Recruit y is a better player and will be a better pro, he went to MSU with 6 national appearances,

        Well Mr. Knight we have to give the Duke player 4 million to endorse our new shoe line, oh by the way offer the MSU guy 1.5 million.

        thats your plus 1 Marine

  5. avatar dmbtierney says:

    Don’t worry Spartan fans, the sun will still come up tomorrow (well, maybe). The team still returns a great nucleus for next year, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we landed a graduating senor with another year of eligibility similar to Brandon Wood last year.

    Better go now–my cats are running in circles and I hear funny rumbles in the distance.

    RIP Jim Greer.

  6. avatar MayoSpartan says:

    Chris, thanks for link to SI’s “Sports & Society” piece on Jabari’s decision process.

    Someone wrote the kid’s decision to attend Duke was based on $$$$, and I agree. The kid wanted a school with great academics and a proven coach who could teach him to be a better player so he could reach his basketball goals and make a lot of coin.

    Coach K demonstrates stability and results; more NCAA titles, more wins, a better winning %, he coached Olympic squads, a boat load of players in the NBA, and he took a year off – over a decade ago but has NOT entertained the NBA in a 3 RING Circus manner. Oh yeah, Duke also offers great academics after all the B-ball thrills are gone.

    Although the Parkers liked Izzo for being a working man’s type of coach, Coach K presented himself as an instructor and role model. Yet, Rexrode wrote both are good coaches but the main difference is, “… one screams at you in front of every body and the other screams at you in huddles … “.

    Coach Izzo delivers in March. He builds relationships, but not every prodigy is suited to his style. For some Spartan fans, the public displays to break in players to their roles as the season begins is tolerated because we know it produces results in March. That style doesn’t suit everybody.

    Good luck, Jabari!

  7. avatar Breadtruck86 says:

    No one else seems to be as worried as I am about this loss, and it is a BIG loss. We have some great players, be we are also really not there in terms of execution. IU and Michigan have walked right by us in terms of talent level and depth, and OSU is our equal (an argument could be made they are our better over the last five years). Losing a good center and bringing no one else in doesn’t make our team better.

    The Dawson argument seems lame. Why would Parker percieve him as someone who would be a competitor rather than a team mate, especially given all the talent on Duke’s roster??

    • 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

    • avatar MayoSpartan says:

      I am with when it comes to being a bit concerned. The last four years have not been without problems; coaching commitment, unsavory rumors and team discipline leading to MSU’s dirty laundry in full view of the public. AAJC quietly recruits players that were good perimeter shooters and now they have a combination of a low post game and good shooters while playing disciplined ball…. low turnovers and an ability to starting to win the big game, except when it comes to NCAA.

      However, I do believe IZZO needs a certain type of player that response to his style, cause IZZO does know how to win.

  8. 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 Spartan 81 says:

      6.4 million to be precise Biggy.

    • avatar GoSt8Go says:

      Great point, Biggie. After he signs he has the best of both worlds. If fortune goes ugly and he can never play again, he’ll have the opportunity for a top notch degree (no slight intended as I hold my own degree from MSU in high regard). If fortune shines on him, he plays one year and has a great shot at a National title.

      As only a remote guess, I suggest the latter was more important to JP than the academics. There are no guarantees that going anywhere you can win an NC. Even the NC pro roster that beat us in 2009 had no such guarantee. 89 Chem can find the stats and I would suggest that the odds would favor Coach K if you were seeking the following:
      1. Stay in college basketball 1 year because the rules tell me I have to.
      2. Win a National Championship. If you had one year to win one, K would have the odds in his favor (No slight to Tom Izzo, whom I would choose) .

      There’s no money guarantee here.

  9. avatar Spartan 81 says:

    A special tip of the hat for BTN for choosing Suzy Favor Hamilton as its Wisconsin Icon (way to vett your icons Mr. Silverman)

    The Smoking Gun revealed Thursday that three-time Olympian Suzy Favor Hamilton, 44, worked for a Las Vegas escort service for the past year charging $600 an hour for her services. Her previous claim to fame was deliberately falling during the 2000 Sydney Olympics 1500m final when she realized she could not win.

    • avatar MAB says:

      “There are over 400,000 NCAA student-athletes, and most of [them] will go pro in something other than sports.”

    • avatar hatrack says:

      that is funny, you can’t make this stuff up

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      Silverman is such a petard (or whatever that word is that I keep forgetting)

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        “Uh, well, you see, ma’am, when a V.I.P. Like yourself comes to Moline to do business, it’s customary for the company to send a gal up to the room, compliments of Great Lakes Feed & Grain. And, well, since you’re a gal, the company sent me; Fred Garvin, male prostitute.”

    • avatar dmbtierney says:

      Kind of reminds me of the old joke–”What are the qualifications to be a $100 a night hooker?” You have to like sex and be able to count to 100.

  10. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Loads of reasons posted here, bottom line is we hope there is a plan B for this year. Agree about the competitor aspect of his statement about BJ, that’s just a smoke screen to the real reason which is of course $$$$$. Coach K did this just right, pitching the amount of pub he’ll get from going to Duck, an ACC team that will be way over hyped next year by the cyclops and the rest of his cohorts. That PR relates to exposure which relates to people wanting you endorsing their product. Don’t be fooled folks, $$$$$ drives the college basketball bus as well as the college football motorhome. Saw a statistic that the (n)ever talented bimbo who is Kim Kardasian made $18M last year. Do I wish I could get some of that? Sure. But nobody cares what a old guy looks like naked or in a speedo (actually maybe they’d pay me not to have my picture taken). JP has a winning smile and is articulate, they will beating down his door when he turns pro (if they aren’t already) to hock their products. The shoe companies are the obvious initial Bag o’ Money, but there will be others. All of that doesn’t happen though if he doesn’t get all the hype from the 4 letter network – the regional btn is just that, regional – which will start on signing day and continue through out the summer. The perception of MSU just isn’t sexy enough. (unfortunately, the same thing applies to any Heisman hopes) Are we going to field a great team next year both on the gridiron and the hardwood? Absolutely, and both could win many many accolades and titles, BUT we are starting those endeavors with at least 1 strike against us, perception. The talking heads will pass us bye in the top echelon discussion, we have to do it on the field/court, they won’t give us anything until we make them give us our due.

    Well, that got longwinded.

  11. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    In all the Men’s BBall hoop-la we have forgotten Suzy’s Women who have started, 11-1 and if the suspensions hadn’t been on when they played Toledo, they could very well be 12-0. Way to go Ladies!

  12. avatar Breadtruck86 says:

    The Spartans have really rallied after the tech on Nix, who is playing his best game ever. I like the angry Spartans, they should play that way more often.

    • avatar IBleedGreen says:

      Montster game from Nix and Payne brought his own to help compliment! Great win for the Green and White!

      • avatar Spartan 81 says:

        This game was a barometer, this team will not finish in the middle of the pack in the big ten they win win 12-14 league games not go 9-9 and have a top 6 seed seeding in the NCAA. If you are going to finish in the top tier of the BIG you have to beat teams the caliber of Texas at home. I liked the angry play of Nix today he posted strong, I think in some games when things do not start off well he stops posting as strong. I think Izzo should stress keeping that up and he would start averaging 12-13 a game instead of 8-9 just my humble opinion

    • avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

      I’ll keep putting it out there, the non-Bilas announcer summed up Nix’s play today by saying, “Nix played like a Senior”.

  13. avatar MayoSpartan says:

    Payne made a couple of big baskets to get that energy level up and change the tide of this game.

    Go Green!

  14. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    You really do have to shout out to the Alumni Izzone and Pep Band, they really rocked the Bres!

  15. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    A parting shot (as soon as I post this, Chris or Brian WILL put up a new thread), This one and done stuff has gotten so out of hand because of C Anthony and ‘Cuse, followed by The Used Car Salesman last year. Each one of these kids thinks they will have that magic run and then reap all those rewards, immediately. Fast-Food wealth. Reality, of course is something different.

  16. avatar Ghost of Boggie says:

    A final muse on the Jabari Parker decision.

    There’s trouble on the tube tonight,
    I can feel it in my bones
    I had a premonition,
    That he would not go Izzo.
    I knew that Duke was loaded,
    But I didn’t think they’d kill.
    Everything exploded,
    And my blood began to chill.
    So JP, there’s your ticket,
    Put the suitcase in your hand.
    There’s a little money now,
    Do it just the way they planned.

    You be cool for sixteen months
    And they’ll pay you twenty mill.
    I’m sorry it went down like this,
    And someone had to lose,
    It’s the nature of the business,
    It’s the recruiter’s blues.
    Recruiter’s Blues

    The coaches and the players,
    The agents and the law,
    The pay offs and the rip offs,
    And the things nobody saw.
    No matter if it’s Florida, OSU, or Duke,
    You’ve got to have a swagger
    Cause it’s all about the cash.
    There’s lots of shady characters,
    Lots of dirty deals.
    Ev’ry name’s an All-Star
    In case their ego squeals.
    It’s the lure of easy money,
    It’s gotta very strong appeal.

    Perhaps you’d understand it better
    Standin’ in my shoes,
    It’s the ultimate enticement,
    It’s the recruiter’s blues,
    Recruiter’s blues.

    See it in the headlines,
    You hear it ev’ry day.
    They say they’re gonna stop it,
    But it doesn’t go away.
    They move it through Miami, sell it in L.A.,
    They hide it up in Telluride,
    I mean it’s here to stay.
    It’s propping up the programs in Columbus and Purdue,
    You ask any NCAA man,
    He’ll say There’s nothin’ we can do,
    From the office of the President,
    Right down to me and you, me and you.

    It’s a losing proposition,
    But one you can’t refuse.
    It’s the politics of college ball,
    It’s the recruiter’s blues,
    Recruiter’s blues.

  17. avatar Ghost of Biggie says:

    Final muse on Jabari Parker

    There’s trouble on the tube tonight,
    I can feel it in my bones
    I had a premonition,
    That he would not go Izzo.
    I knew that Duke was loaded,
    But I didn’t think they’d kill.
    Everything exploded,
    And my blood began to chill.
    So JP, there’s your ticket,
    Put the suitcase in your hand.
    There’s a little money now,
    Do it just the way they planned.

    You be cool for sixteen months
    And they’ll pay you twenty mill.
    I’m sorry it went down like this,
    And someone had to lose,
    It’s the nature of the business,
    It’s the recruiter’s blues.
    Recruiter’s Blues

    The coaches and the players,
    The agents and the law,
    The pay offs and the rip offs,
    And the things nobody saw.
    No matter if it’s Florida, OSU, or Duke,
    You’ve got to have a swagger
    Cause it’s all about the cash.
    There’s lots of shady characters,
    Lots of dirty deals.
    Ev’ry name’s an All-Star
    In case their ego squeals.
    It’s the lure of easy money,
    It’s gotta very strong appeal.

    Perhaps you’d understand it better
    Standin’ in my shoes,
    It’s the ultimate enticement,
    It’s the recruiter’s blues,
    Recruiter’s blues.

    See it in the headlines,
    You hear it ev’ry day.
    They say they’re gonna stop it,
    But it doesn’t go away.
    They move it through Miami, sell it in L.A.,
    They hide it up in Telluride,
    I mean it’s here to stay.
    It’s propping up the programs in Columbus and Purdue,
    You ask any NCAA man,
    He’ll say There’s nothin’ we can do,
    From the office of the President,
    Right down to me and you, me and you.

    It’s a losing proposition,
    But one you can’t refuse.
    It’s the politics of college ball,
    It’s the recruiter’s blues,
    Recruiter’s blues.

  18. avatar mysondave says:

    There may be a few “elite” BIG teams that will be a bit more intiminated facing MSU after seeing the Texas game film. If we can get anyone to begin to hit a 3 pt shot this team will be awesome. The Payne/Nix combo has progressed almost beyond expectations. With Dawson continuing to recover our bigs are big. Appling, Trice or Harris need to step up to hit the long ball to give the frontcourt even more room to dominate. P.S. Magic seemed to do OK in the money side of basketball even though he choose the 2nd-rate Spartans. Go Green.

    • avatar MayoSpartan says:

      TEXAS was first game MSU showed an offensive identity… and you’re right, with a perimeter game shooting 30+% from beyond the arch sure would put a smile on all our faces.

  19. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    News flash from Cheese-it a cornerback will the most important player for the Spartans next season.

    Whey does Cracker continue to make this soooo easy? CB’s are only valuable IF the front 7 get a pass rush because not CB can stay with an elite receiver forever. This factoid has been proven at Spartan Stadium since I was re-introduced to Spartan Football 23 years ago. An average CB looks great if he only has to stay with a guy for 10 yards because the QB is running for his life. CB is a position like RB that are dependent on the hogs in front of them. Football 101. I guess in the MAC they play the positions differently.

  20. avatar USMCSpartan(Ret.) says:

    Nix B1G BBaller of the Week

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