A first-round exit to Mercer was not how Jabari Parker expected capping his freshman season at Duke.
And it's because of that shocking upset in the NCAA tournament that many are speculating that Parker, who's expected to be selected as one of the top picks in the NBA Draft, might opt to stay in Durham to make a run at a national championship.
Plus, Whitney Young senior forward Jahlil Okafor will be heading down to Duke next season, adding more incentive for Chicago native Parker to stay and make a run at a title with his former Public League foe.
It was Okafor who had to field a question about Parker's intent Tuesday at a press conference ahead of the McDonald's All-American Game.
The Whitney Young senior, fresh off a state-title win with the Dolphins, had reporters laughing when he read through the lines of a question about Duke's first-round loss. Had he spoken to Parker since?
"We have spoken, but we have not talked about him staying. I'm sure that's what you were (asking about)," Okafor said, cutting to the chase.
Parker's decision is unknown at this point, but for the two top recruits to team up for a chance to cut down the nets a year from now? That might be too good to pass up.