For a team that lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Duke has dominated the March Madness headlines thanks to two people: Jabari Parker and Steve Wojciechowski.
We’ll start with Parker.
While fellow freshman phenom Andrew Wiggins has already declared for the NBA Draft, Parker, a sure top-five pick, has remained silent. Might he return to Durham for his sophomore season?
“I don’t know,” former Duke and NBA standout Grant Hill said on The Morning Show. “I know Jabari a little bit, but I have no sort of knowledge of what his decision-making process is, but I do think he’s torn. I think he understands the opportunity to go to the NBA and to go high in the draft possibly, but I do think he enjoys being a student-athlete. He enjoys his time in college.
“You’ve seen others who have announced and made their decision, and he’s still going through it, trying to figure it out. Selfishly, I hope he stays, as a Duke fan. But I know he’s going to do what’s best for him and his family. To be 18, 19 years old and to have those two decisions – it’s a tough decision, but he’s in a good place.”
Wojciechowski, meanwhile, has left Duke to become the next head coach at Marquette. Wojciechowski played for Mike Krzyzewski in the mid-1990s and had coached under him since 1999.
“I think it’s a great move for him,” Hill said. “It’s a great first job. About three or four years ago, he had a chance to get the Dayton job and I think turned it down. That would have been a great first job, too. But to go to Marquette, (which) has had a great history and tradition of basketball, he’s in a great conference, (it’s) his first time coaching – it’s great. I’m happy for him. He’s been at Duke a long time. He certainly is ready. He learned from the best. And he has a chance to go off on his own now and make his mark. I’m happy for him, and I’m excited for his future. I guess I got to get a Marquette T-Shirt now. I’m happy for WoJo, and he’ll be a great coach.”
The vacancy on Duke’s bench might not last long, as Jay Williams is reportedly interested in taking Wojciechowski’s place.
“Why haven’t I got a call?” Hill joked.
Wait, is Hill, who won two national championships at Duke, interested in coaching?
“You never say never,” the seven-time NBA All-Star said. “Here’s the deal. I’ve been in the grind for the last 19 years playing. I’ve always marveled at Jason Kidd and the fact that he could just retire and then three days later take on the job of being a coach. I need to get away from it a little bit. And certainly doing some media, doing television, I get a chance to stay around it, but not get caught up in that grind day-to-day.
“You never want to rule out the possibility of coaching, but I kind of like where I’m at right now. I’ll enjoy that.”