NCB On The Trail: Jabari Parker

DraftGetty ImagesJabari Parker (center) is more NBA ready in the eyes of prospects than former Kansas teammates Andrew Wiggins (left) and Joel Embiid.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The NBA draft is Thursday night. With the top pick the Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to choose from among Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid.

The draft was a hot topic this week among the most talented high school prospects in the country at the NBPA Top100 camp.

Who would they take with the No. 1 overall selection? The results might surprise you.

Parker in landslide

Thon Maker
ESPN 60 No. 1
“Whew, I don’t know if I could make that call. I would say Jabari Parker. His body is ready right now and his mentality is catching up to it. When he played at Duke, I think that helped him a lot. He had to make quicker moves, and in the league when he gets the ball, he has three seconds to make his move or he will be corralled with double teams. I also think his passing is nice, too, and he can shoot the ball. So in my eyes, I think he is ready now. His body is ready, his game is there and I would take him.”

Ben Simmons
ESPN 100 No. 2
Commitment: LSU
“Depends on what team. With Cleveland, I would probably go with Jabari because he is a more polished player already and they wouldn’t have to wait a year. If they are going with someone in the future, I would probably have to go with JoJo [Embiid]. He’s just nice. He has moves, he’s coordinated, and he can have an impact in the future.”

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AP Photo/Gerry BroomeJabari Parker averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds during his freshman season at Duke.
Chase Jeter
ESPN 100 No. 13
“Jabari Parker because he is the most skilled now. They talk about potential when it comes to Wiggins, but Jabari Parker is skilled now and I feel like with him you know what you are going to get – high-character, high-quality guy.”

Dennis Smith Jr.
ESPN 60 No. 9
“Jabari Parker. He already has an NBA body and NBA skill set, so there is a lot of potential for him to be good early. After that, Embiid. He’s a great defensive player,”

Dwayne Bacon
ESPN 100 No. 40
“I will take Jabari Parker. He can give you anything and everything. He’s a complete player. He’s definitely a player I look at when I’m playing the game. Even though he just left high school a year ago and just left college after one year, he’s a complete player. Andrew Wiggins is great player, Joel Embiid is there, too, but I will take Jabari Parker because he can shoot it, he can post up … he can do it all.”

Perry Dozier
ESPN 100 No. 29
“I would probably take Jabari, just because of how versatile he is. He already has an NBA body, NBA skill set and I can see him playing different positions like Carmelo Anthony,”

Ray Smith
ESPN 100 No. 26
“I’m taking Jabari Parker. He’s a thick, explosive knockdown shooter. What else do you want? I take Jabari Parker. They talk about Andrew Wiggins, but he is still a little raw. Jabari Parker is ready to be a player.”

Deng Adel
ESPN 100 No. 83
“It depends what my team needs. If they need an immediate impact player, I would take Jabari Parker. I mean, he’s NBA ready. I think he can impact a team and be a franchise player.”

The case for Wiggins

Tyler Dorsey
ESPN 100 No. 24
“I got to say Andrew Wiggins. Potential wise, his upside is so high because he is so athletic. I know everybody is athletic in the league, but he is so athletic and if he keeps working on that shot he is going to be deadly. That small forward position is pretty tough going against the best players in the world, so I think I would probably take one [Wiggins].”

Antonio Blakeney
ESPN 100 No. 16
“I think would take Andrew Wiggins. Basically, how good he is now and his potential. It would either be him or Parker, but I don’t think Parker’s potential is as high as Wiggins. I don’t think Joel Embiid will be a bust, but he’s already hurt. If I was Cleveland, I wouldn’t take a chance on that with him. I would definitely take Andrew Wiggins because of how athletic he is, and how good he will be.”

Seventh Woods
ESPN 60 No. 20
“Probably Wiggins. He’s just an all-around player and the most athletic in the draft,”

Embiid gets a vote

Skal Labissiere
ESPN 100 No. 11
“He’s a center who can do everything. He’s a 7-footer that can run the floor, block shots, has post moves and his upside is really great. Parker would be second because of his skill set.”

#AskCoachB: Talking Tyler Ennis

December, 9, 2013
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I agree, as I absolutely loved Tyler Ennis in the high school ranks. What I respected most about his game was the poise in which he played with and how he led.

As a freshman he is doing an outstanding job leading the Orange to a top-5 national ranking in an unassuming fashion. Over nine games he is playing 31 minutes per game, and he is making the most of those minutes.

He serves as Syracuse’s primary ball-handler, making decisions and scoring when needed. His assist to turnover ratio is 5:1, which is tremendous . He is nailing the 3-point shot at a 42 percent clip, which is impressive since the college 3-point line is a foot further than then the high school line (20-foot-9 vs. 19-9).

It’s obvious that Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, and Aaron Gordon are elite players and difference makers as freshmen, but Ennis is definitely in the conversation as a top-10 freshman.

#AskCoachB: Duke's backup plan

September, 13, 2013
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Already committed to Duke next year is Grayson Allen, who had a fantastic summer scoring the basketball and showing some defensive toughness. Looking to join him are a few names below who would be difference-makers to say the least.

Aside from courting the package deal of ESPN No. 1 Jahlil Okafor and the No. 1 PG Tyus Jones, the Blue Devils are heavily involved with other high-level players who fit their needs on the floor and their culture off the court. Big man Myles Turner, SF Justise Winslow, PF Kevon Looney, C Goodluck Okonoboh, and now PF Reid Travis are being pursued by Duke. With the departure of seniors Tyler Thornton, and Josh Hairston and the possibility of Jabari Parker or even Rasheed Sulaimon entering the NBA draft, depending on their season and how Duke does as a team, there is plenty of space on the Duke roster.

There is not another point guard in that group, as Quinn Cook will be at the controls in what would be his senior year, so Duke does not have a dire need at that position. Looking ahead, Coach K and staff will be immediately diving into the Class of 2015 for a point guard, which they might have to do even if Jones comes, because he could be a one-and-done player.

No program is tipping its hand as to where it stands, and Okafor and Jones have said they want to finish taking all of their visits and decide together some time in November. That is the plan, but in recruiting it could change at a moment's notice.

If Duke does not get Okafor and Jones, look for the Blue Devils to land a combination of three prospects in the above group and pass on a point guard this year.

Starting 5: Top PGs left on the board 

August, 27, 2013
Each week, Starting 5 takes you on a tour of the recruiting landscape. It delves into topics, recruiting trends and stories. This edition focuses on the pressure of drawing out your commitment, the Elite 24, Indiana's busy weekend, the five best uncommitted point guards and No. 1 sophomore Harry Giles.

1. The stress of the decision

Parker makes it official for Duke

May, 2, 2013
Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced the official signing of ESPN 100 senior Jabari Parker (Chicago/Simeon) on Thursday.

"We're excited for Jabari and his family to join our family here at Duke," Krzyzewksi said. "We are confident he will have a great career, and we are glad to have him in our program."

Parker is ranked No. 2 overall in the 2013 class and led Simeon High to four straight Illinois Class 4A state championships.

The Blue Devils' class checks in at No. 7 in the RecruitingNation top 40 and features ESPN 100 prospects Matt Jones (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) and Semi Ojeleye (Ottawa, Kan./Ottawa).

Biancardi's Breakdown: Jabari Parker 

March, 12, 2013

For most of his high school career, small forward Jabari Parker (Chicago/Simeon) has been ranked the No. 1 player in his class -- and rightfully so. As his senior season began this fall, the only reason he moved to the No. 2 spot was because of the world-class athletic ability and potential of Andrew Wiggins (Thornhill, Ontario/Huntington Prep), who reclassified from 2014 to 2013.

We broke down Parker’s game back in December just prior to his commitment to Duke, but at that time he was just getting back on the court after missing five months due to a fractured foot. Now that he’s back close to 100 percent, has had a senior season to develop his game and is focused on winning a fourth consecutive state title, let’s take a look at what makes Parker such a unique and talented prospect who should make an immediate impact at Duke next year.

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Wiggins is named Naismith Award winner

February, 25, 2013
Senior small forward Andrew Wiggins (Thornhill, Ontario/Huntington Prep) was named the 2013 Naismith Trophy winner as the top boys high school basketball player on Monday. The award is handed out by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.

The 6-foot-8 Wiggins is the top-ranked player in the ESPN 100 and is averaging 23.6 points, 11.7 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 3.4 steals and 2.1 blocks for Huntington Prep this season. Other finalists for the award were seniors Jabari Parker (Chicag0/Simeon) and Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty).

Wiggins was named along with Lone Peak (Utah) head coach Quincy Lewis, who received the award as the top boys high school coach.

"The strong performances of Andrew and Quincy this season stood out for our voters among the thousands of players and coaches throughout the country," said Eric Oberman, Executive Director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. "The two are very deserving of the Naismith Awards, demonstrating the talent and will to succeed that we've come to expect from past award winners."

Wiggins remains undecided on his college plans and is considering Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina.

ESPNU's RecruitingNation to look at surprise classes 

February, 21, 2013
ESPNU's RecruitingNation program on Thursday will take a look at some of the surprise recruiting classes in 2013.

ESPN's Director of Recruiting Paul Biancardi will break down the hauls of LSU, Memphis, Connecticut, Iowa State and Butler. The former coach will also look at the games of the top two players in the 2013 class, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, and where each could improve.

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Biancardi’s Breakdown: Matt Jones 

February, 1, 2013

Ever since No. 2 prospect Jabari Parker committed to Duke on Dec. 20 and immediately boosted the Blue Devils’ recruiting class into the top five, Parker has been the focus of Duke’s 2013 class. But forgetting about the other two talented ESPN 100 recruits in this class -- shooting guard Matt Jones and small forward Semi Ojeleye -- would be a huge mistake.

So let’s focus on Jones for a moment. The 6-foot-4 guard has established himself as one of the best shooters in the Class of 2013, but he’s also expanded his game beyond being just a shooter. As a senior he has led DeSoto (Texas) to a No. 12 national ranking in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings by giving his team whatever has been needed to win.

Here’s a breakdown of Jones’ game and the qualities that make him such a successful, well-rounded player.

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Team USA announces Hoop Summit squad

January, 21, 2013

USA Basketball announced on Sunday the roster for its 2013 USA Junior National Select Team that will take on the World Select Team in the 2013 Nike Hoop Summit, and the USA will be led by two coaches and four players with prior international basketball experience, including USA medalists and prep standouts Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose, Calif.), Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson (Chester H.S./Chester, Pa.), Jabari Parker (Simeon Career Academy/Chicago, Ill.) and Julius Randle (Prestonwood Christian Academy/ McKinney, Texas).

The U.S. roster also features 2012 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team Training Camp participants Aaron (Travis H.S./ Richmond, Texas) and Andrew Harrison (Travis H.S./Richmond, Texas), as well as USA Basketball newcomers Kasey Hill (Montverde Academy/Eustis, Fla.), Demetrius Jackson (Marian H.S./Mishawaka, Ind.), Bobby Portis (Hall H.S./Little Rock, Ark.) and Noah Vonleh (New Hampton School, N.H./Haverhill, Mas.).

The 2013 Nike Hoop Summit will be played at 4 p.m. (PDT) on Saturday, April 20 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Ore.

Hoophall preview on ESPNU RecruitingNation 

January, 16, 2013
ESPN's National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi will preview this weekend's Spalding Hoophall Classic on ESPNU's RecruitingNation on Thursday.

One of the marquee events during the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, this year will feature 25 players in the ESPN 100. Biancardi will breakdown the games of No. 1 Andrew Wiggins and No. 2 Jabari Parker along with No. 7 Aaron Gordon, No. 8 Noah Vonleh and No. 12 Dakari Johnson. ESPN and ESPNU will televise six games on Sunday and Monday.

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Biancardi’s Breakdown: Jabari Parker 

December, 19, 2012

Senior small forward Jabari Parker (Chicago/Simeon) has been a national name on the recruiting trail since his freshman year. On Thursday at 4 p.m. ET (live on ESPNU and WatchESPN), the wait will finally be over when the No. 2 prospect in the ESPN 100 makes his college announcement, choosing from a final list of BYU, Duke, Florida, Michigan State and Stanford.

Before we find out which lucky college is going to land Parker, let’s examine what has made him special over his career and break down five major factors to consider with his game.

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Donovan signs elite 2013 class for UF 

November, 14, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Signing two of the best players in the state has given Florida coach Billy Donovan one of the best recruiting classes in the nation.

And it could get even better.

The Gators signed PG Kasey Hill (Eustis, Fla./Montverde Academy) and PF Chris Walker (Bonifay, Fla./Holmes County) on Wednesday. rates them as the top two players in the state of Florida, and they rank No. 9 and No. 10, respectively, in the ESPN 100. ESPN also ranks the 6-foot Hill the nation’s No. 2 point guard and the 6-10 Walker the nation’s No. 4 power forward.

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No. 1 recruit Parker cuts list to five 

October, 5, 2012
Jabari Parker (Chicago/Simeon), the No. 1 recruit in the ESPN 100, told on Friday he has trimmed his list to five schools.

In no particular order, Stanford, BYU, Duke, Michigan State and Florida made the final five.

In July, Parker released a list of 10 schools he was considering that included BYU, DePaul, Duke, Florida, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina and Stanford.

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RecruitingNation to feature top uncommitted players 

September, 20, 2012
ESPNU's Recruiting Nation program will air on Thursday at 5 p.m. ET and feature ESPN's top analysts discussing some of the top recruiting stories of the week.

National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi and Senior Analyst Dave Telep will break down the top uncommitted players in the 2013 class, including Jabari Parker (Chicgao/Simeon), Andrew and Aaron Harrison (Richmond, Texas/Travis), Julius Randle (Dallas/Prestonwood Christian), James Young (Rochester, Mich./Rochester) and Aaron Gordon (San Jose, Calif./Archbishop Mitty).

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