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?
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 CBSSports.com from 2011 to 2013 and held a similar position at FOXSports.com from 2006 to 2011.