It took longer than expected, but Duke Freshman of the Year, Jabari Parker Thursday declared himself leaving the school to enter the NBA draft. The 6 Foot Eight All-American Forward led the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding this past season. Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement that it was “an honor for us to have him inour program.” Parker led the ACC with an average of 8.7 reounds a game, and was second in scoring with a 19.1 average, just behing NC State’s T. J. Warren, who also entered the NBA draft last week. It is also being reported that Junior Rodney Hood will enter the NBA draft, although that has not been confirmed by Hood or Duke yet.
A surprise release for North Carolina, as Freshman sensation women’s player, Diamond Deshields, announced that she is transferring from North Carolina. Deshields helped lead the Lady Tar Heels to a 27-10 record as they finished just one game short of making it to the Final Four. She was named the national Freshman of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association, setting four ACC single-season records in points scored, field goals made and attempted,and double figure scoring games. Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell , who missed last season while receiving treatment for Leukemia , expressed shock at DeSheilds decision to transfer. No reason was give for the Transfer. Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina are the possible choices for DeShields.