Duke freshman forward Jabari Parker was honored with the Wayman Tisdale Award as college basketball’s top freshman on Monday, but the 6-foot-8 forward will also decide on his future this week, according to a report from the AP.
Parker — in Oklahoma City to accept the Tisdale Award — told the AP on Monday that he’ll meet with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski on Tuesday when he returns to Durham and the two will discuss the All-American’s future.
After the discussion, Parker will make a decision on Wednesday whether to enter the 2014 NBA Draft or return for his sophomore season at Duke. Parker will look for the place “where he can grow the most,” according to the AP story.
“I don’t know where that is right now,” Parker said on Monday. “I’ll talk to coach about it and lay out my options, but I’m just really glad I get the best of both worlds.”
The forward led Duke in scoring and rebounding during the 2013-14 season as Parker averaged 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game while shooting 47 percent from the field and 35 percent from the three-point line.
Although Parker is considered a likely top-three pick by many NBA Draft experts, the freshman has an interesting decision for next season with Duke bringing in four more McDonald’s All-Americans for the 2014-15 season, including one of the nation’s top point guards in Tyus Jones and Rivals.com’s No. 1 player overall in center and fellow Chicago native Jahlil Okafor.
While Parker will make his NBA Draft decision on Wednesday, there is no scheduled announcement to make that knowledge public at this time.
Wichita State senior forward Anton Grady received some positive news on Saturday as a neurosurgeon reviewed MRI results, which are negative for spinal cord trauma.
According to a release from Wichita State, doctors believed Grady suffered a spinal cord concussion during a collision on Friday after he was taken off the floor in a stretcher and taken to a hospital in an ambulance. CT and MRI scans on Friday both turned up negative, but the news of Saturday’s results are an even more encouraging sign for Grady.
The injury for Grady occurred during a Friday loss to Alabama during the AdvoCare Invitational as the senior’s condition has improved since the collision. Grady will receive physical therapy over the next few days and doctors will check his progress before he is released from the hospital.
Grady has been alert and responsive to questions and had feeling in his extremities on Friday, but the use of his arms and legs was limited. By Saturday morning, Grady had improved the use of his extremities.
The 6-foot-8 Grady has averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds per game this season in his first season with the Shockers. The Cleveland State transfer is shooting 39 percent from the field.
Colorado sophomore forward Tory Miller has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 and he also apologized for biting Air Force’s Hayden Graham earlier this week.
During Colorado’s win over Air Force on Wednesday, Miller was assessed a Flagrant 2 Dead Ball Technical Foul and ejected with 12:25 left in the second half after biting Graham during a loose ball.
In a release from the Pac-12, they announced reprimanding Miller, but he will not be suspended.
“All of our student-athletes must adhere to the Pac-12’s Standards of Conduct and Sportsman-ship,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release. “Regardless of Mr. Miller’s frustration and emotion, such behavior is unacceptable and he is being appropriately reprimanded.”
Miller also released his apology in the same release.
“I would like to apologize for my actions during the Air Force game. I would like to apologize to Hayden Graham, Air Force, my teammates and fans. It was a heat of the moment thing. I’m an emotional player, but I let my emotions get the best of me. I will use this as a learning experience and focus on helping my teammates and respecting my opponents for the rest of the season and beyond,” Miller said.
For Miller to not be suspended for this is good news for him and Colorado since he won’t miss any additional action, but did the Pac-12 make the right decision on this?