There has been a lot of talk about Jabari Parker being the No. 1 player in the Class of 2013. He has some serious competition with Andrew Wiggins reclassifying himself into the 2013 Class.
Rob Fulford, Huntington prep coach in West Virginia, confirmed Wiggin’s decision. There was also confirmation from Wiggin’s family last Thursday.
Wiggins had a great summer, participating in the Lebron James Skills Academy. He was clearly the best player at the skills academy, which helped his prospect position in 2014.
Many experts believe that Wiggins moving into the Class of 2013, Chicago Simeon forward Parker moves to No. 2. Although Parker is believed to be in the No. 2 spot, I believe Parker is as good, if not better then Wiggins. Parker is a two-time USA Basketball gold medalist and a three-time Illinois state champion.
According to Sonny Parker, father of Jabari Parker, he did not understand why Wiggins passed his son in the recruit rankings.
“Based on what? That’s what I’m asking…Based on a few weeks of AAU? The AAU stuff is overrated. Jabari was the national freshman of the year, the national sophomore of the year, the Gatorade national player of the year as a junior,” says Sonny Parker.
Where I believe Wiggins and Parker are divided is in athleticism. Wiggins is amazing athlete, where Parker is more of a fundamentally sound player.
“High school is more important to Jabari. He’s won three straight titles and wants to win a fourth this year. You talk about athleticism. Jabari can play 1 through 5 at 6’9. It’s just peoples’ opinions,” says Sonny Parker.
The older Wiggins has been unsure of the reclassification since the summer. But by coming into this class, he is now eligible for the McDonald’s All-American game in March.
Now that Wiggins is in the Class of 2013, Tyus Jones of Apple Valley, Minnesota, is now ranked No. 1 in the Class of 2014.