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Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft

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Duke freshman Jabari Parker - one of the most talented players in college basketball - appears to have declared for the 2014 NBA draft.

Revealing his decision in an intriguing interview with Sports Illustrated, the 19-year-old was rumoured to be considering another year of school but will now turn professional as one of the most appealing prospects in what is generally regarded as the deepest draft in modern memory.

"Ultimately, I boiled my decision down to two simple questions: Which environment -- college or the NBA -- offers me the best opportunity to grow as a basketball player? Which environment -- college or the NBA -- offers me the best opportunity to grow and develop off the court The answer to both questions is undeniably the NBA," he said.

"Today I sent my letter of intent to the NBA. That makes it official -- my days as a Duke basketball player are over. But my days as a Duke student are not. I intend to graduate from Duke while I'm in the NBA. I was an honor student when I arrived at Duke, and I'd like to graduate as one."

In a lengthy outpouring, small forward Parker made abundantly clear that it had been a difficult decision, with his college experience evidently not one that he has taken lightly.

The Chicago native -  a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints - also revealed his admiration for legendary coach 'K' Mike Krzyzewski, describing the man who has been in charge of Duke's basketball programme for over three decades as a father figure.

NBA fans - are you at all surprised to see Parker declare for the draft or was this always going to be the likely outcome?

How high do you think he will go? Which team offers him the best fit and the best chance to further progress his career? Let us know below...

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