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.