Parker talked about the factors that went into his decision, from his relationship with fellow Chicago native and incoming Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor to the close bond he developed with his teammates last season. Ultimately, Parker writes, his decision came down to his development as a basketball player:
Which environment -- college or the NBA -- offers me the best opportunity to grow as a basketball player?
Which environment -- college or the NBA -- offers me the best opportunity to grow and develop off the court?
The answer to both questions is undeniably the NBA.