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Duke Hits Home Run Getting Commitment From Top Recruit Jabari Parker

Mark L. Baer- USA TODAY Sports

Jabari Parker (Chicago/Simeon Career Academy) announced his decision where he will be playing basketball next season and will take his talents to Duke next season ending the recruitment of the No. 2 prospect in the class of 2013.

Parker had narrowed his list of schools down to Duke, Michigan State, Stanford, Florida and BYU before ultimately choosing to play for Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils.

Duke had to get Parker–whom they have been recruiting since his freshman season and gives a massive boost to the No. 15 ranked recruiting class according to ESPN that includes Matt Jones and Semi Ojeleye.

At Duke Parker will be in a spread offensive system that will perfectly mesh with his skill-set where his unselfishness and out-of-this-world basketball intelligence will have the fans at Cameron Indoor having flashbacks of Grant Hill.

The biggest difference between Parker and Hill is that Parker is likely to only spend one year on campus as opposed to four as Hill did before becoming a top pick in the NBA draft. This could be a very special one year though and could be reminiscent of Carmelo Anthony’s one year at Syracuse and end with a national title–he is that special.

The 6-8 220-pound small forward hailing from the same school that produced Derrick Rose is attempting to win a fourth straight high school title after the Wolverines began the season ranked as the No. 1 team in the nation by ESPN and No. 4 by USA Today.

This is new ground for a player in the city of Chicago because at no time has a player ever attempted to go four-for-four in state titles while being the most sought after player in the nation.

Sure, there was the reclassification of Andrew Wiggins into the class of 2013 which bumped Parker down to No. 2, but Parker is the 2011 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year and 2012 Gatorade National High School Player of the year winner–becoming only the third non-senior to win the award.

Parker has the production, pedigree, and makeup of a long-time NBA All-Star. He can handle the ball, rebounds, scores from the post to beyond the arc, all while playing at a high efficiency level and is a coach’s dream.

His work ethic, maturity, character and his 3.7 GPA and membership in the National Honor Society only add to the overall profile of the player that will be an instant sensation on the college hardwood.

If there is a weakness to his game it is on the defensive end where he can be beat by quicker guards coming off screens and into the lane. However, my thinking is he’ll be slapping the court like many other Dukies in no time.

Parker is still rounding into shape after his right foot was broken this summer while playing for Team USA at the FIBA under-17 World Championships.

To see some of the rim-rattling rocking goodness that Parker will be bringing to Duke next season, check this out.

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