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Jabari Parker Told Slam That Wiggins Number One Ranking “Brought Me Beneath Earth”

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Jabari Parker recently told Slam magazine that losing his number one ranking to Andrew Wiggins in the 2013 college basketball recruiting class “brought me beneath earth.”

Parker was the consensus number one player in the class until Wiggins reclassified from the 2014 class to the 2013 class. That is when people started questioning Parker’s game.

“Everybody is putting you down, kicking you to the curb. That’s when you figure out, where is your motivation going to be from,” Parker said. “I’m hungry because I’m playing catch-up. Can I ever make it to where I was at first? And can I do better? That’s my whole mentality.”

Personally, I think Parker is more skilled than Wiggins at the moment, but Wiggins’ ceiling is higher because of his elite athleticism.

Parker was named the Gatorade National High School Boys Basketball player of the year last July, and when I interviewed him he told me he hoped to be back at the awards this coming July. Alas it was not to be, but Parker completed his goal of winning four state titles in high school so something tells me he will get over it. Parker may eventually surpass Wiggins, but he’s going to have to prove it on the court. If Wiggins joins another team in the state of North Carolina, then we will all have the chance to see them go head to head at least twice. Let’s cross our fingers for this outcome everybody.

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