CALL IT a winning day for top-ranked Duke - in more ways than one.
First, the Blue Devils won the sweepstakes for one of the top recruits in the nation, and then they capped off the night with an easy win over visiting Elon.
Jabari Parker, a 6-8 forward from Chicago's Simeon Career Academy who is ranked No. 2 among high school prospects, announced Thursday afternoon that he would attend Duke. He chose the Blue Devils over Michigan State, Florida, Stanford and BYU, and announced his decision live on ESPNU from school.
Parker was inactive for most of the summer and fall with a broken foot. But a healthy Parker has drawn comparisons to LeBron James. A Sports Illustrated cover in May touted Parker as the best high school player since James.
As a junior, Parker was named the national Gatorade Player of the Year and Illinois' Mr. Basketball, averaging 19.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.3 blocks and 1.4 steals for Simeon.
In the game, the Blue Devils got their 100th straight nonconference win at Cameron Indoor Stadium by beating the Phoenix, 76-54. Mason Plumlee had 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead Duke (11-0).
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At Michigan Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points and the No. 2 Wolverines (12-0) defeated Eastern Michigan, 93-54.
Texas sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo, who did not play Wednesday in the Longhorns' upset win over North Carolina, will be suspended by the NCAA for the rest of the season for allegedly accepting improper benefits from an agent and violating his amateur status, Yahoo! Sports reported.
According to the report, Kabongo supplied inaccurate information to the NCAA during an investigation into whether he violated his amateur status.
Coach Rick Barnes insisted that there is no final decision on his status.