Duke, Basketball, Forward

October 26, 2012
Elissa Lerner

There’s nothing like late October in Durham. The leaves start to change color, bakeries start churning out pumpkin-flavored everything, and basketball season finally begins. Of course, it’s not like campus has been lacking in sports excitement lately, what with the return of the Victory Bell and Duke Football’s first trip to a bowl game since 1994. But few things mark the passing of the seasons quite like Cameron Indoor Stadium opening its doors for the first time.

Among those currently making pilgrimage to Cameron, aside from parents and families during this Parents’ Weekend, is star forward Jabari Parker, the number two recruit in the nation in the class of 2013. Parker, who Sports Illustrated called “the best high school basketball player since LeBron James,” has narrowed his list of schools to five. Experts say Duke is tied with Michigan State at the moment, but Parker’s Mormon faith might bring him to Brigham Young. Florida and Stanford are also still on his list.

Outside of Crowell quad, the Cameron Crazies have made their opinion known: Duke should become Parker’s new home. It might seem an odd moment, considering President Brodhead’s recent statement to The Chronicle’s editorial board that Duke’s basketball tradition is a “foolish” and “disheartening” reason to attend the school (one can only hope it was taken woefully out of context, especially considering Brodhead's frequent attendance at games). But given Parker’s confirmed commitment to his own education, perhaps he’s exactly the kind of student and player that Duke needs.