Jabari Parker’s skill set will help the Duke Blue Devils in a number of manners, but when the former Simeon Academy star lit up Bowie State over the weekend to the tune of 16 points, five assists, four steals, and three blocks you can bet it turned some heads.
Parker comes to Durham with the credibility of an exemplary high school career that included four consecutive state titles as well as a Gatorade Player of the Year award.
Amazingly, there is still an outside chance that Parker could attend a Mormon mission after his freshman year, but it is unlikely.
The piece below contends that Parker’s game most resembles Carmelo Anthony, although I’d contend that the Chicago product will be a better defender at the same age in college. ‘Melo was already a scoring machine in college, but his defensive skills continue to be a work in progress.
We start our player preview series with freshman Jabari Parker. See what NBA star Parker most resembles on the court https://t.co/iiV7P3C0FD
— Duke Basketball (@dukebasketball) October 28, 2013
Parker’s game over the weekend definitely helped the Blue Devils program because there were a couple future stars in attendance. Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, and Justise Winslow were all watching the game, and they must have come away impressed with Parker’s all around game. There is also a chance Parker could stay in school for multiple years; you can tell he is having fun in college and the pros will always be waiting for a young man with so many talents on the court.
Hope he has a blast this year and stay tuned in to my twitter to get live updates from the Champion’s Classic in November.