Duke Blue Devils Dominate Last Day Of Existence On And Off The Court
If the world is about to come to end then the 11-0 Duke Blue Devils went out dominating college basketball on and off the court.
Dec. 20, 2012 will go down as one of the greatest days in Blue Devils history with the 76-54 blowout victory over Elon Phoenix and the signing of No. 2 High School recruit Jabari Parker. With the news of Parker committing to Duke, the Blue Devils showed they are not only dominate now but they will be for years to come, moving the team’s ranking up to fourth on the 2013 recruiting class.
The Blue Devils were led by Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly in the game against Elon. Plumlee recorded his usual double-double with 21 points and 16 rebounds while Kelly chipped in with 14 points, five rebounds and three assists. Duke showed on this day that its current veteran team is dominate as it remains undefeated while the team’s future is in great shape with its newest recruit.
Parker is an unselfish playmaker, making him a perfect fit as a Blue Devil and the team oriented playing style the school is known for. He’s an exceptional passer, can break down opponents off the dribble and is capable of putting up points in a hurry. He’s athleticism allows him to attack the rim by blowing by defenders and his shooting range gives him the ability to step back and hit threes on a regular basis. At 6-foot-8 the small forward is able to play multiple positions in college and has played all five in high school.
The more you hear about Parker the more and more he begins to sound awfully familiar to former 6-foot-8 Blue Devil, Grant Hill.
Hill was also a great playmaker, could play either guard or forward position and even though he could score at-will he loved getting his teammates involved. Not to mention Hill went third overall in the 1994 NBA draft and Parker is already considered to be a top five pick whenever he declares.
Comparing Hill and Parker’s skillsets is easy to do but suggesting Parker will have the same college career Hill had is an entirely different story. Parker won’t win two championships with Duke like Hill did but it wouldn’t be outrageous to suggest the high schooler could match the legend’s career averages in his freshman year. With Parker likely to only hang around for one season as a one-and-done stop before the NBA, it’s possible he could put up numbers similar to 14.9 points, six rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.7 steals per game.
It’s also possible he could leave the school with at least one championship given the team he’ll be playing with next year. Just the potential of Parker and freshman Rasheed Sulaimon alone give Duke an incredible one-two punch entering the ACC next season.
On a day when the Blue Devils were once again led by their seniors in a dominating win. Duke’s recruitment of Parker showed the rest of the NCAA that even after this year’s graduation, the school will still be a force next season.