Jabari Parker is yet to make up his mind on whether to declare for the NBA draft, but if he does so he would certainly be one of the brightest talents in already packed 2014 class.
Touted as a possible number one pick should he forgo his sophomore year at Duke, Parker could end up landing at the LA Lakers if he arrives in the pro league this year and today he spoke of his excitement at that opportunity:
"Being here (in LA) would be a blessing," he told ESPN LA.
The opportunity to join such an historic franchise would undoubtedly be appealing for any of the top prospects in the class of 2014 and the Lakers themselves may well be keen on adding the dynamic offensive play that Parker has demonstrated during his time with Duke.
If Parker did arrive at the Lakers franchise then Kobe Bryant has already confirmed that he is willing to mentor the young prodigy and NBA analyst Grant Hill is confident that the Lakers should take Parker if they land that elusive no.1 draft pick:
"He's a quality small forward and he's a guy who could come in and play with Kobe Bryant right away. When Kobe retires, Jabari could be the face of the franchise," said Hill.
With the likes of Andrew Wiggins Joel Embiid, and Julius Randle available in this year's NBA draft there will certainly be no shortage of options for no.1 pick for the team lucky enough to grab that lottery pick.