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Jabari Parker could turn down the NBA

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Jabari Parker today revealed that he is still undecided on whether he will head to the NBA after this season is done.

One of the most highly rated prospects currently playing college ball, the Duke freshman told Sports Center that he could yet return to the school for his sophomore year next season.

Many analysts had fully expected the highly talented small forward to jump straight into the pros after an impressive year, but it appears it might not be quite so clean cut:

"If I feel like there are things I could improve on or things I left, during the season, then I will probably come back," he said.

"Saying that I didn't give it my all and that I have regrets, that I have to come back because I owe this program so much.

"A deciding factor is where I'm going to grow the most, whether it's in the NBA or even in college, the learning experiences that I need as far as (growing as) a basketball player," explained Parker.

At present Parker is the top rebounder in the ACC, and the highest freshman scorer in Duke history with 18.8 points per game on average this season.

Parker is listed amongst the top three players in many early Mock Drafts alongside Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins but NBA teams may yet have to wait another year to get Parker in their jersey.

The player will be in action tonight as his Duke team take on their rivals North Carolina and if he can lead the school to a strong showing in March Madness he might just convince himself that the pros is the next step this year.

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