Stanford was one of four school disappointed when prized prospect Jabari Parker of Simeon High-Chicago orally committed to Duke on Thursday.
The Cardinal, Michigan State, Florida and BYU also made his top five, but the 6-foot-8 senior forward said it really came down to three schools in the end, with the Gators and Spartans right there with the Blue Devils.
"Duke is always going to be a team in the (NCAA) tournament," Parker said. "You can't go wrong at the program and most importantly, the long-term investment. I feel like if I go there, I can get a good degree. I can also stay close to home where it's easily accessible to my parents, my family. It's not too far away. Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski),, that's one of the best coaches ever, and I wanted to be able to experience the things that he has next year."
Parker said he might play two or three seasons in college. Either way, he vowed to get a degree.
Parker, ranked No. 2 in senior prospects by ESPN, can't sign his letter of intent until April 17. He was the Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year after leading Simeon to its third straight state championship as a junior.
His father, Sonny, played six seasons with the Golden State Warriors.
"He has a gift and he has what's called 'It'," Sonny Parker said.
Religion also plays a big role in Jabari's life. He and his mom, Lola, are devout Mormons.
Duke 76, Elon 54: Mason Plumlee had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and the No. 1 Blue Devils (11-0) beat the Phoenix (6-5) for its 100th straight nonconference win at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke hasn't lost to a non-ACC team at home since falling to St. John's on Feb. 26, 2000.
Michigan 93, Eastern Michigan 54: Tim Hardaway Jr. had 17 points and seven assists to help the No. 2 Wolverines (12-0) to a rout of the visiting Eagles (6-4).
Michigan is off to its best start since winning the first 16 games of the 1985-86 season.
Washington 75, Cal Poly 62: C.J. Wilcox had 21 points, and the host Huskies (7-4) beat the Mustangs (4-6) for their first three-game win streak of the season.
Chris Eversley had 23 points for Cal Poly, which couldn't upset another Pac-12 school this season after stunning UCLA last month.
UC Davis 78, Southern Illinois 70: Corey Hawkins had 20 points, including 12 for 12 from the foul line, and the Aggies (3-6) shot nearly 50 percent from the floor to beat the Salukis (6-3) at the World Vision Challenge in Logan Utah.
Pacific 75, Saint Mary's 72: Kendall Rodriguez scored 19 points and Ashley Wakefield added 16, leading the visiting Tigers (8-2) over the Gaels (7-4).
Jackie Nared led Saint Mary's with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
Wakefield's layup with 6:27 left gave UOP the lead for good at 60-58. Rodriguez's two foul shots with 8 seconds left gave the Tigers a 75-72 lead, and Kate Gaze missed a 3-point attempt with 2 seconds to play.
No. 9 Maryland 69, Delaware 53: Tianna Hawkins had 16 points and 16 rebounds, and the No. 9 Terrapins (8-2) beat the host Blue Hens (5-3). Delaware All-American Elena Delle Donne played for just the second time this season after missing a month with Lyme Disease. She had 19 points and six rebounds.
Cal State Northridge 77, No. 12 UCLA 72: Ashlee Guay scored 28 points, freshman Marta Masoni made six 3-pointers, and the visiting Matadors (6-4) upset the No. 12 Bruins (7-2). It was Northridge's first win over a ranked team in its Division I history.
Wire services contributed to this report.