SI – My Decision: Why I made the difficult choice to leave Duke for the NBA
After losing in the NCAA tournament, I needed to clear my mind. I was incredibly disappointed and blamed myself. I didn’t watch basketball or go to the gym for several days. But I soon realized the real test is how we handle defeat and I laced my shoes and headed to the student rec center to play some pick-up.
It reminded me of how much I loved the game, but it was only a temporary reprieve. As soon as I got back, I turned my attention to one of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make up to this point in my life: whether to remain in school or enter the NBA draft.
Lately I haven’t slept much. Although my dream is to play in the NBA, I’ve gotten pretty attached to life at Duke and I don’t want to utter the word goodbye.
No way! Didn’t see that coming. A top 3 (arguably #1) prospect “weighing his options” then deciding to make the jump. Umm Jabari we don’t need a 5,000 word essay explaining why you’re going to the NBA bro. Honestly really not necessary. I mean let’s see, you could 1) play for free while 2) hanging out with these people:
or you could play for millions of dollars while hanging out with celebrities, models and superstars. The decision makes itself.