Seth Davis dishes on Jabari Parker possibly returning to Duke, DeAndre Daniels’ NBA potential

Seth-DavisHas Jabari Parker played his last game at Duke? That is a question NBA teams would like to have answered sooner rather than later as we inch closer to the June 26 draft. Parker is still a potential lottery pick. He picked a terrible time to have one of his worst games of the season against Mercer, but the talent is undeniable.

The longer Parker waits to announce his decision, the more speculation we hear about the possibility of him playing another season under Mike Krzyzewski. College basketball analyst and expert Seth Davis discussed Parker’s future with Larry Brown Sports on Friday.

“I’ve been saying for a while that I think there’s a good chance he’ll come back,” Davis said. “When I say good chance I mean relative to his situation. 99% of the kids in his position wouldn’t even hesitate to turn pro. He’s a different kind of kid. So instead of being 99% gone I would put him more 85% gone.”

Davis, who is serving Subway’s new Flatizzas with Jared the Subway guy at the Final Four this weekend, said Parker is ready for the NBA but could simply decide that he would rather play another year of college ball.

“Physically, emotionally, psychologically he’s ready,” Davis said. “It’s just a question of what he wants out of life. There’s worse things in life than being a sophomore in college. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Davis also offered his thoughts on the Final Four. He’s staying with Florida as his championship pick but could envision any of the four remaining teams cutting down the nets. Speaking of NBA potential, Davis believes UConn’s DeAndre Daniels has the tools needed to be an NBA All-Star.

“I think we could look five or 10 years down the road and say DeAndre Daniels was the best player on that UConn team,” Davis said. “He literally has no idea how good he is. It can be maddening to coach him and watch him. If that kid ever figures out how good he really is he can be an NBA All-Star. I think he’s that good.”

If you happen to be in Dallas this weekend, stop by Subway on 1222 Commerce Street and say what’s up to Seth and Jared. Enjoy the end of the Madness.

Seth Davis picks Stephen F. Austin to reach Sweet 16

Stephen F. AustinStephen F. Austin already has the billing of a Cinderella story this March.

The Lumberjacks are 31-2 and won the Southland Conference regular season and tournament. They got a 12 seed in the South region and will face 5-seed VCU in the first round, and analyst Seth Davis is already picking them to reach the Sweet 16.

“The 12-5 is the classic first-round upset — I like Stephen F. Austin to win this game. They haven’t lost since Nov. 23rd. This is an excellent match-up,” said Davis.

“I like Stephen F. Austin not only to get by VCU, I think they’re going to be the surprise of the NCAA Tournament and get to the Sweet 16. Beyond that, I think a very clear path for Florida.”

If Stephen F. Austin beats VCU, they would face the winner of 4-seed UCLA and 13-seed Tulsa.

Other CBS analyst Doug Gottlieb said he liked UCLA to reach the Sweet 16 from that group.

Seth Davis picks Belmont to reach Sweet 16

It seems like every year there is at least one low-seeded team to pull off a few upsets and advance further than expected in the tournament. This year, CBS college basketball analyst Seth Davis expects Belmont to be one of those teams.

During the CBS Selection Show Sunday, Davis said “I like Belmont as my sleeper team in this tournament. I think they beat Georgetown and San Diego State and go to the Sweet 16.”

Belmont is a No. 14 seed in the Midwest Region and faces 3-seed Georgetown in the first round. They would meet the San Diego State-N.C. State winner in the second round.

Davis is picking Kentucky to win it all, saying they are “by far the best team in the tournament.”

Below is a graphic showing his and Greg Anthony’s Final Four predictions:

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