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Jabari Parker chooses Duke over Michigan State, Florida

Simeon star forward Jabari Parker revealed on Thursday that he will play for the Duke Blue Devils next season.


With a decision that figures to impact the landscape of college basketball next season, Simeon basketball star Jabari Parker verbally committed to the Duke Blue Devils on Thursday afternoon on national television.

Parker chose Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils over offers from Michigan State, Florida, BYU and Stanford, and he ultimately decided after his final in-home visits earlier in the week. Now the third player in Duke's stacked 2013 signing class, Parker will join five-star shooting guard Matt Jones and five-star small forward Semi Ojeleye in Durham next fall.

The 6'8, 225-pound Parker is widely believed to be the most well-rounded player in the signing class, and he should fit in seamlessly into Coach K's rotation. Though Parker mentioned numerous times throughout his recruitment that he was considering a handful of important factors about each prospective school, it's likely the young forward was amazed by the sheer number of Duke players who have gone on to play professionally in the NBA.