By Shawn Krest
Duke freshman Jabari Parker was named the District Player of the Year by the USBWA. Parker won the honor for District III, which covers the east coast from Maryland to South Carolina.
Parker and teammate Rodney Hood were also named to the 10-man All District Team.
In ACC voting, Parker won Freshman of the year, with 72 of the 77 ballots cast. He’s the sixth Blue Devil to win the honor and first since Austin Rivers in 2012.
Parker finished second to TJ Warren in ACC Player of the year voting, however. Expected to be a close race, Parker earned just 25 votes for the award, trailing Warren’s 48 by a large margin. UNC guard Marcus Paige, also expected to be a contender, finished a distant third with two votes.
Parker also received four votes for ACC Defensive Player of the Year, finishing fourth, behind KJ McDaniels, Akil Mitchell, and Daniel Miller.