College Basketball: Top prospect Parker chooses Duke

Jabari Parker wears a Duke cap at the news conference in Chicago where he made his announcement. AP
Jabari Parker wears a Duke cap at the news conference in Chicago where he made his announcement. AP
Posted: December 22, 2012

Prized prospect Jabari Parker of Chicago's Simeon Career Academy, one of the most highly touted recruits in years, is headed to Duke.

With a national TV audience watching, he announced his decision at a news conference at his high school gym.

Parker can't sign his letter of intent until April 17, but he made his intentions clear with one highly anticipated oral commitment.

Michigan State, Florida, Stanford, and Brigham Young also made his top five, but he said it really came down to three schools in the end, with the Gators and Spartans close with the Blue Devils.

In the end, he chose to play for Mike Krzyzewski for at least a year before making what many believe will ultimately be a jump to the NBA.

"Duke is always going to be a team in the tournament," he said.

Women

Maryland 69, Delaware 53 - Elena Delle Donne hadn't played for a month due to Lyme Disease, and in her return Thursday night she didn't look like the all-American player that she is.

Tianna Hawkins had 16 points and 16 rebounds, and No. 9 Maryland hounded Delle Donne in her return as the Terrapins trounced host Delaware.

Delle Donne played for just the second time this season. She finished with 19 points and six rebounds but was a rusty 7 for 23 from the floor in 34 minutes. She also missed the first three games of the season.

Elsewhere:Neumann University (3-6) stormed from behind to beat visiting Rowan (3-8), 54-49.

Men

Duke 76, Elon 54 - Duke's shooters didn't need to be as accurate as usual - not with Mason Plumlee dominating inside the way he did.

Plumlee had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and the top-ranked Blue Devils beat Elon for their 100th straight nonconference win at home.

Princeton 62, Rider 45 - Hans Brase scored 17 points, and Denton Koon and Ian Hummer had 15 to lead host Princeton.

Elsewhere:Rowan (10-2) defeated Neumann, 71-67, in a nonconference game. . . . Stockton College (9-2) trailed from start to finish and suffered a 72-63 loss to Alvernia.

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