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Duke’s Jabari Parker wins top freshman award

Duke's Jabari Parker (1) dunks over Virginia's LondPerrantes (23) during second half an NCAA college basketball game championship Atlantic Coast

Duke's Jabari Parker (1) dunks over Virginia's London Perrantes (23) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

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Updated: March 17, 2014 11:05PM

ST. LOUIS — Duke forward Jabari Parker has won the Wayman Tisdale Award, presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association to the nation’s top freshman.

The 6-foot-8 Parker is second in the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring (19.3) and leads the league in rebounding (8.8). He has scored in double figures in 17 straight games and in 32 of 34 games this season, breaking the Duke freshman record held by Gene Banks and Luol Deng.

Joining Parker on the USBWA’s freshman All-America team are: Joel Embiid and Andrew Wiggins of Kansas, Tyler Ennis of Syracuse and Julius Randle of Kentucky.

Parker, who starred at Simeon, will receive the award, named for the late Oklahoma All-American, in Oklahoma City on April 14.

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