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Jabari Parker names to Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List

13DURHAM, N.C. — Duke freshman Jabari Parker is one of 15 players on the Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List as announced by the USBWA Tuesday. Parker, one of four freshman named to the list, opens the season for Duke Friday, Nov. 8 against Davidson (7 p.m. – ESPNU) at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Parker, an All-America selection by several preseason publications, made his Duke debut at the Blue Devils’ annual Countdown to Craziness event Oct. 18. He dazzled the crowd with his play in the Blue-White Scrimmage, finishing with 24 points and 14 rebounds, and in the dunk contest when he jumped over three kids from the Duke Children’s Hospital.

Parker continued his solid play in exhibition wins over Bowie State and Drury as the Chicago native averaged 14.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals per game. He shot 52.9 percent (9-of-17) from the field and 71.4 percent (10-of-14) from the free throw line in exhibition play.

Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List

Jahii Carson, Arizona State

Aaron Craft, Ohio State

C. J. Fair, Syracuse

Aaron Gordon, Arizona

Gary Harris, Michigan State

Joe Harris, Virginia

Doug McDermott, Creighton

Mitch McGary, Michigan

Shabazz Napier, Connecticut

Jabari Parker, Duke

Adreian Payne, Michigan State

Julius Randle, Kentucky

Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State

Russ Smith, Louisville

Andrew Wiggins, Kansas