Jabari Parker was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the first round by the Milwaukee Bucks in Thursday’s NBA Draft, while Rodney Hood was taken No. 23 by the Utah Jazz. Duke has now had two or more players selected in the NBA Draft 16 times under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.BROOKLYN -- Duke's
“I'm going to bring everything I got,” said Parker during a post-draft press conference in Brooklyn. “ You know, you ain't got to ask for anything else. When I said that I was committed to going to Duke, I gave them everything I had, and even with my high school. So I'm going to try to do the same thing with Milwaukee.”
Parker, a consensus first team All-America in 2014, averaged 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.2 assists per game while setting or tying Duke freshman records for points (670), points per game, rebounds (306), double-doubles (14), free throws made (160), free throws attempted (214), dunks (61), double-figure scoring games (33), 20-point games (18) and double-doubles (14). The 6-8, 235-pound forward from Chicago, Ill., was named the National Freshman of the Year, while also earning first team All-ACC and ACC Rookie of the Year accolades.
Parker also became the first Duke freshman (12th freshman in ACC history) to lead the team in scoring and rebounds. He closed out the year ranked fourth among ACC freshman all-time in scoring and 10th in rebound average. Parker and Joe Smith (Maryland) are the only two players to rank in the top 10 of both categories.
His top performance came on the biggest stage when he scored a career-high 30 points on 10-of-17 shooting to go along with 11 rebounds in a March 8 win over North Carolina. The 30-point game was the fifth in school history by a freshman and the first since Kyrie Irving had 31 against Michigan State on Dec. 1, 2010. Parker’s 30-point effort was the most by a Duke freshman in the 238-game series history with North Carolina, breaking the previous freshman record of 29 points set by Austin Rivers on Feb. 8, 2012.
Hood, a second team All-ACC selection, averaged 16.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game in helping the Blue Devils to a 26-9 record and the program’s 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance last season. He finished the year ranked among the ACC leaders in scoring (8th, 16.1 ppg.), field goal percentage (4th, .464 – 191-of-412), free throw percentage (9th, .807 – 109-of-135), three-point percentage (1st, .420 – 71-of-169) and made three-pointers (8th, 2.03). Hood was the only player in the ACC to rank among the top 10 in each of those categories. The Meridian, Miss., native was second on the team with 30 double-figure scoring games, including 10 games with 20 or more points scored.
A transfer from Mississippi State where he was named to the SEC All-Freshman team in 2011-12, Hood had the most points and three-point field goals in a first season by a transfer under Coach K. He was at his best in Cameron Indoor Stadium, where he averaged 17.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 51.5 percent (101-of-196) from the field, 41.0 percent (34-of-83) from three-point range and 87.2 percent (68-of-78) from the free throw line.
"It has been my dream to play in the NBA and I am excited to be joining the Utah Jazz,” said Hood. “I am looking forward to joining the franchise and getting to know my coaches and teammates. My two seasons at Duke have really helped me prepare for this moment and I can't wait to start the next phase of my basketball career.”
Parker and Hood are the 13th and 14th NBA Draft early entrees from Duke. Nine of the 14 Blue Devil early entrees were selected in the NBA Draft Lottery, including No. 1 overall selections Elton Brand (1999) and Kyrie Irving (2011).
With two players selected in the 2014 NBA Draft, Krzyzewski has now mentored 49 draft selections, including 18 NBA Draft Lottery picks. Duke has produced 82 NBA draft picks overall.
Duke Draft Notes
• Parker and Hood become the 27th and 28th players under Coach K selected in the first round of the NBA Draft ... Coach K has now had more NBA first round draft selections (28) than any other coach in NCAA history.
• Duke has now had 20 first round selections in the last 17 years.
• Duke has had 35 players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft.
• Parker becomes the first Duke player selected by the Milwaukee Bucks.
• Parker is the third Duke player selected with the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft. Jason Williams was taken second overall by the Chicago Bulls in 2002, while Danny Ferry was selected No. 2 by the Los Angeles Clippers in 1989.
• Hood becomes the first Blue Devil drafted by the Utah Jazz.
• Hood is also the first Duke player selected with the 23rd pick in the NBA Draft.
• Duke has had two or more players selected in the same draft 28 times, including 16 times since Coach K's arrival in Durham.
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