Ask the Experts: Goodman on Duke and the NBA

The Blue Devils have signed the nation's top recruiting class, but there are a number of questions surrounding the 2014-2015 roster. We spoke with ESPN's Jeff Goodman to get an idea of NBA stock(s) and more.

First things, first... In your talk with NBA types, is the consensus that Jabari Parker is definitely declaring for the NBA Draft?

Jeff Goodman, ESPN College Basketball: There aren't many people -- myself included -- who think he will follow the Marcus Smart plan and return to Duke for another year.

Parker hitting the "freshman wall" has gotten a lot of publicity in the media lately, what are the pro scouts saying in regards to the last few weeks?

Well, NBA executives are definitely concerned with his recent slump because they felt he was the one consistent "lottery pick" in this class. This recent stretch has them asking some questions, whether it's related to his second-half benching or if it's something else. The biggest knocks on him are his lack of effort on the defensive end of the floor, and also how effective he'll be playing against guys his own size at the next level.

Duke has another player who could declare in June in Rodney Hood, what is the word in NBA circles on him?

Rodney has managed to go under the radar with the college basketball world, largely due to the presence of Jabari. However, the NBA guys are well-aware, and they really like him. He's not a freak athlete, but they love his length and skill.

How do they see him fitting in at the next level?

He's a guy they project as a small forward, but he could also play some shooting guard at the NBA level. The biggest question with Hood is whether or not he has a killer instinct, but he'll likely be a late first-rounder and he'll be a piece that contributes at teh next level, and without the expectation level of someone like Parker.

How about with the rest of the roster this year? Are any other players on the NBA radar that you've heard?

Rasheed Sulaimon's stock has obviously plummeted this year, and it's too early with a guy like Matt Jones. Quinn Cook will be a good overseas guy at the next level.

Moving toward the future, Duke has a lot of talent incoming, and I'm sure the NBA is aware. What are you hearing regarding the class of 2014?

Jahlil Okafor is a guy who will likely be a high lottery pick a year from now because of his size, skill and production. He's not an above-the-rim player, but he's a true big man who understands and thrives in his role. He goes down on the block and just does work.

The interesting recruit is Tyus Jones. He's going to be a heck of a college point guard, but the NBA guys are not in love with him because he's small, isn't a great athlete and doesn't shoot it all that well.

Jeff Goodman joined ESPN in June of 2013 as a college basketball Insider. He was previously a senior basketball columnist at from 2011 to 2013 and held a similar position at from 2006 to 2011.

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