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Jabari Parker ends up with the Bucks, as he predicted

NEW YORK --Jabari Parker predicted he would be drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks.

He knew what he was talking about.

The Bucks selected the 6-foot-8 forward from Duke with the second overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Parker gives the Bucks a versatile scorer to play the small forward position and also may be able to play some at power forward. He appears to be a strong fit with a young Bucks nucleus that includes 6-11 Giannis Antetokounmpo and 6-11 power forward John Henson.

The Chicago native, who played at Simeon Career Academy before heading to Duke to play for one season under coach Mike Krzyzewski, is considered the most NBA-ready of any of the players in the draft.

And the 19-year-old is confident he will make the transition to the next level.

"Whatever they need me to do," Parker said Wednesday as prospects prepared for the draft. "It doesn't need to be 20 (points a game); it doesn't need to be 15. As long as I'm able to win and contribute."

Parker said he has tried to take advice from people he respects, including Krzyzewski and former Duke player Grant Hill.

"I will just go with the advice my coach gave me (Tuesday)," Parker said, "and that's to be a businessman, always represent yourself with character. You have to instill morals and show it through your everyday life."

Parker averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds at Duke while shooting 47.3 percent from the field and 35.8 percent on three-pointers.

He has been compared to Carmelo Anthony and Paul Pierce in the lead-up to the draft.

"I've got to prove myself," Parker said. "I can get all kind of speculation and they can always say what I might do. At the end of the day I just have to show it."

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