Jabari Parker was the No. 1 overall prospect from within the class of 2013 prior to Andrew Wiggins‘ decision to reclassify from 2014. Despite four consecutive state titles at Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, Parker was bumped from the top spot in favor of Wiggins.
The two have hit the court in the past, most recently in the McDonald’s All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic, but with their senior seasons now coming to a close, fans instantly began speculating about their potential match-up at the collegiate level. Parker is a Duke commit, so it would be obvious — Wiggins should commit to North Carolina — that would be the best way to add another chapter to the heated rivalry that has developed along Tobacco Road.
Whelp, pump the brakes on that excitement — Wiggins is headed to Kansas next season. Yes, Bill Self landed the top prospect in the class of 2013 on Tuesday afternoon, but fans shouldn’t be all that disappointed in regards to his match-up with Parker. That’s right, the two will indeed meet during the 2013-14 season. It will come on Nov. 12 as part of the 2013 Champions Classic from the United Center in Chicago. Oh, and the story lines just keep getting better — not only will they still meet, the game will take place in Parker’s home city.
The college basketball season will undoubtedly start with a bang as it usually does with a 24-hour marathon and a Champions Classic, as the United Center will play host to this incredible match-up of freshmen stars and historic, tradition-rich programs. And yes, Kentucky and Michigan State will play in the second game, in the same building, on the same night. Find a TV, I’m telling you now.
So don’t worry about Wiggins not going to North Carolina, we still get the match-up that was expected and we get it on a loaded night for college basketball fans.
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