Duke freshman Jabari Parker is entering the NBA draft.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski says in a statement Thursday it was “an honor for us to have him in our program.” In an essay posted on SI.com, Parker says the NBA offers him the best chance to develop both as a player and off the court.
There is a strong chance Parker could be the No. 1 overall pick in June. The All-American was the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history and became the first freshman to be selected team MVP since Johnny Dawkins in 1983.
He is the fifth Blue Devils player to enter the draft after his freshman season, joining Corey Maggette, Luol Deng, Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers.
Duke sophomore Rodney Hood also announced Thursday that he would forego his junior and senior years and enter the NBA draft. According to SI.com, Hood is a top-15 draft pick.http://chapelboro.com/sports/acc/dukes-jabari-parker-rodney-hood-declare-nba-draft/
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – The Charlotte Bobcats have selected Indiana center Cody Zeller with the No. 4 pick in the NBA draft.
Bobcats general manager Rich Cho said earlier in the week the Bobcats needed a big man and the 7-foot, 240-pound Zeller should provide help on the boards.
Zeller averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds last season as a sophomore for the Hoosiers. He finished as Indiana’s career record holder in field goal percentage, shooting 59.1 percent from the floor.
Two Hoosiers were picked in the top four in the draft. Victor Oladipo was selected second overall by Orlando.
Charlotte is 28-120 over the past two seasons and has never won a playoff game.
The Bobcats chose Zeller over two other available centers – Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel and Maryland’s Alex Len.http://chapelboro.com/sports/professional/bobcats-select-indiana-c-zeller-with-no-4-pick/
Dwyane Wade added 23 points and 10 rebounds and Shane Battier scored 18 points on 6-for-8 shooting from 3-point range for Miami. James made 5 of 10 3s, all the while hounding Spurs star Tony Parker on defense to make the Heat the first back-to-back champs since the Lakers in 2009-10.
Tim Duncan had 24 points and 12 rebound for the Spurs, who were trying to become the first road team to win a finals Game 7 since Washington in 1978. Kawhi Leonard added 19 points and 16 rebounds.
Mario Chalmers scored 14 for Miami.
San Antonio lost for the first time in five finals appearances.http://chapelboro.com/sports/professional/lebron-leads-heat-to-second-straight-title/
Then the 37-year-old forward ran out of gas, and the Spurs collapsed down the stretch like they so rarely have before.
Duncan had 30 points and 14 rebounds in the first three quarters, but was scoreless and grabbed just three boards in the fourth quarter and overtime of San Antonio’s 103-100 overtime loss to the Miami Heat in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.
The Spurs led by 10 points at the start of the fourth quarter and by five with 28 seconds to play. But Duncan missed all five of his shots in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Game 7 is on Thursday night in Miami.http://chapelboro.com/sports/professional/duncan-spurs-collapse-down-the-stretch/
Green broke Ray Allen’s 2008 mark of 22 in a finals series with his fourth 3-pointer of the night early in the third quarter of Game 5. He later added two more and finished with 24 points, shooting 6 of 10 from long range.
It was the fourth time that the once-unheralded swingman has hit at least four 3-pointers this series.
Green is shooting 66 percent from 3-point range this series after breaking the record. He’ll try to add to his total in Game 6 on Tuesday night in Miami.
Allen, who now plays for the Heat, set the previous mark as a member of the Boston Celtics.
The Spurs beat the Heat 114-104 on Sunday.http://chapelboro.com/sports/professional/spurs-green-sets-nba-finals-record-for-3-pointers/
CHAPEL HILL – Two of UNC’s 2012 NBA draft picks can be glad they made the jump to the next level for the honors they pulled in their first year on the professional hardcourt.
Golden State took down Denver in the first round of the playoffs and is down 3-2 to San Antonio in the conference semifinals. Barnes is contributing more than 25 minutes a game and averaging nearly ten points and four rebounds per game. He’s hit a stride in the postseason and is averaging nearly 17 points per contest in almost 40 minutes per game.
Zeller’s Cavaliers didn’t make it to the post season with their 24-58 record. However the former Tar Heel averaged just short of eight points per game in 26 minutes of action per contest. He also pulled down an average of nearly six rebounds per game.
The two other 2012 draftees, John Henson and Kendall Marshall have been getting some fair playing time and contributing well to their respective teams. Henson scored six points for Milwaukee per contest this season in more than 13 minutes a game. He too got to see the postseason, but not for long as Miami swept the series 4-0.
Marshall got some quality minutes at the point for Phoenix, which finished last in the Western Conference at 25-57. He averaged just more than 14.5 minutes, three points, and three assists per outing.http://chapelboro.com/sports/unc-sports/two-former-tar-heels-earn-all-rookie-honors/