Mar 16, 2014; Greensboro, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1) looks to shoot as Virginia Cavaliers forward/center Mike Tobey (10) and forward Akil Mitchell (25) defend in the championship game of the ACC college basketball tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Jabari Parker Says He Has Promise From Milwaukee Bucks

According to a report, Duke forward Jabari Parker says he received assurances from the Milwaukee Bucks that they will select him with the No. 2 overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft if he’s still available.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reported via Twitter:

On Tuesday, it was reported the Cleveland Cavaliers have some internal division over whether or not to take Parker of Kansas swingman Andrew Wiggins with the top overall selection.

Parker, a Chicago native, has reportedly said he would prefer to play in Milwaukee.

However, Parker bristled at the notion that he “tanked” his workout for the Cavaliers last week.

“I think I have too much pride to just waste other people’s time,” Parker told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I come from Duke and most importantly, I come from a family with good values.

“There’s going to be a lot of speculation and a lot of negativity, but I would be glad to look that person in the eye that wrote that stuff and can give me their assumptions. I’ve been dealing with it my entire life, people giving me negative approaches about my weight.”

Parker says he has a comfort level with the Bucks that exceeds that exuded by the Cavaliers.

“I had some comfort level with them, especially with them telling me, ‘We want you.’ I didn’t really get answers from the Cavs, so I’m just going with what I’m certain with.”’s Chad Ford had reported Wednesday that Parker came in heavy to his workout in Cleveland on Friday and cited sources that said Parker seemed indifferent.

In his lone season at Duke, Parker was a consensus All-American and averaged 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals in 30.7 minutes per game, with a shooting slash line of .504/.358/.748.

He was the leading rebounder in the Atlantic Coast Conference and had a player efficiency rating of 28.4.

I’ve made no secret of it—I’d be thrilled if Parker were still there for the Bucks with the second overall pick. Milwaukee needs players who can contribute now, not another developmental project.

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