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(TSX) — Duke All-American Jabari Parker entered the 2014 NBA Draft, announcing his decision in a thoughtful self-authored piece published by Sports Illustrated.

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Teammate Rodney Hood followed not far behind. According to reports on Thursday, Hood also opted to leave Duke to make himself available for the NBA Draft in June.

Parker was the No. 2-ranked recruit out of Chicago and is projected as a top-three pick in the 2014 draft.

Yahoo! Sports reported Hood's intentions on Thursday afternoon. He averaged 16.3 points and 4.2 rebounds and shot 40.8 percent from 3-point range this past season as a sophomore.

Draft projections list Hood as a being selected somewhere in the 20s during the first round on June 27.

Swingman James Young became the first of Kentucky's latest talented freshman class to officially declare his intentions to leave after one season for a shot at the NBA Draft.

Young averaged 14.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in his only season with the Wildcats, who reached the national championship game before losing to Connecticut earlier this month.

CBSSports.com projects Young as high as No. 16 on its board for the June 26 draft.

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