Duke's Jabari Parker, left, reacts with teammate Rasheed Sulaimon, right, after a basket against North Carolina State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, March 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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Duke's Jabari Parker, left, reacts with teammate Rasheed Sulaimon, right, after a basket against North Carolina State during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Saturday, March 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Jabari Parker puts off decision

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The anticipated announcement from Duke freshman Jabari Parker is on hold for at least another day.

Despite media reports earlier in the week which suggested Parker might make his decision whether to return to the Blue Devils next season or declare for June’s NBA Draft, the All-American guard kept many guessing about his plans Wednesday.

Parker, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged 19.1 points and an ACC-best 8.7 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

He is expected to be among the top three players selected in the draft if he makes himself available. After a suprising first-round loss to Mercer in the NCAA Tournament last month, Parker said the defeat could affect whether he returned to Durham for another season.

He finished as the runner-up for the Wooden Award, which is given annually to college basketball’s best player. Creighton’s Dillon McDermott won the honor.


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