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Jabari Parker shines in Duke debut

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DURHAM, N.C.– If there is anything to take from Duke’s first game of the 2013-14 season, the Cameron Crazies will have plenty to be crazy about.

That craziness starts with two players who are new to the team, freshman Jabari Parker #2 recruit in the nation, and sophomore point guard Rodney Hood who sat out last season after transferring from Mississippi State. Parker and Hood both had 22 points in their Duke debut, as four Blue Devils scored at least 20 points, first time that’s happened in school history.

As far as Parker goes, the freshman scored 22 points on 8-10 shooting with 6 rebounds, two assists, and a block. Not only was his first game impressive to the fans, but it definitely got the attention of Coach K who said:

“First game in college — are you kidding me?” coach Mike Krzyzewski said of Parker. “That was a terrific performance.” (ESPN.com) 

Parker and Hood led the #4 Duke Blue Devils to a 111-77 victory over Davidson, as the team as a whole shot an astonishing 70% from the field.

De’Mon Brooks led the way for the Davidson Wildcats with 24 points and 7 rebounds.

Duke and Jabari Parker will take on Kansas and #1 overall recruit Andrew Wiggins next Tuesday, but Parker played it down between the two. When asked about his matchup against Wiggins, Parker simply responded:

“It’s Duke vs Kansas, our guys against their guys.”

Stay humble freshman, stay humble.

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