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Parker leaving Duke for NBA draft

Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke's latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

The 6-8 All-American forward said Thursday that he'll enter the draft after being the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding.

Now he has the chance to do what Kyrie Irving did in 2011: follow a one-year stay at Duke by being the first name called in the June draft.

It was "an honor for us to have him in our program," coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. In an essay posted on SI.com, Parker said the NBA offers him the best chance to develop both as a player and off the court.

"I realize how much of a privilege and an honor it is to join the ranks of the NBA," Parker wrote. "I will do everything in my power to help deliver championships to the franchise that drafts me. At the same time, I recognize the obligation to represent the league in an admirable way off the court."

Parker led the ACC with 8.7 rebounds a game while his 19.1 points were second to North Carolina State's T.J. Warren. Parker is listed as the No. 2 draft prospect on espn.com's top 100, the No. 2 pick in a mock draft on nbadraft.net and No. 3 on draftexpress.com. Parker is the fifth Duke player to enter the draft as a freshman.

Also leaving the Blue Devils early is 6-7 forward Rodney Hood, according to Yahoo Sports. Hood, who transferred to Duke from Mississippi State after his freshman year, averaged 16.3 points and 4.2 rebounds last season as a redshirt sophomore. He's a projected late first-round pick.

More leaving: Guard James Young will enter the draft, becoming the first of the Wildcats' heralded freshmen to turn pro. He was one of six high school All-America recruits on a Wildcats squad that lost in the NCAA title game to UConn. He's a projected mid first-round pick. … New Mexico State's 7-5, 360-pound center Sim Bhullar will forego his final two years, according to multiple reports.

Haith leaving Mizzou? Frank Haith has agreed to a deal to leave Missouri to become coach at Tulsa, according to cbssports.com and ESPN. Haith, 49, traveled to Tulsa on Thursday, the Associated Press reported. Haith coached at Miami before taking over Missouri. He led the Tigers to a 30-5 record in 2011-12 and was the AP coach of the year. If Haith takes over the Golden Hurricane, which moves from C-USA to the American Athletic this coming season, he replaces Danny Manning. Manning, a star player at Kansas, left Tulsa to coach Wake Forest.

UNC women: Guard Diamond DeShields, the ACC's freshman of the year, plans to transfer, coach Sylvia Hatchell said. Hatchell said she did not know "or understand" why DeShields was leaving. Hatchell didn't coach this past season as she focused on treatment for leukemia that is in remission. DeShields is the daughter of former major-leaguer Delino DeShields.

FOOTBALL: Minnesota State, Mankato, players ended their one-day boycott and said they will play for coach Todd Hoffner, who was reinstated after being exonerated of having child pornography on his cellphone.

Parker leaving Duke for NBA draft 04/17/14 [Last modified: Friday, April 18, 2014 12:05am]
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