NCB On The Trail: Jabari Parker

#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
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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


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Parker makes it official for Duke

May, 2, 2013
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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).


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
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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
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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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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

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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
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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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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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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. ESPN.com 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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Jabari Parker (Chicago/Simeon), the No. 1 recruit in the ESPN 100, told ESPN.com 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
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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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According to Sonny Parker, father of ESPN 100 No. 1 recruit Jabari Parker, the in-home visits for Jabari are going well with some elite programs coming in this week.

On Tuesday, North Carolina's Roy Williams is in the Windy City. Coach Williams has many accomplishments to discuss, but expect one topic of discussion to be how the Heels are planning to showcase Parker in the Carolina fast break.

Thursday, Michigan State's Tom Izzo will be in the Parker home. Coach Izzo will talk style of play and how the Spartans have been a mainstay in the Final Four. Don't be surprised if they also discuss a player by the name of Earvin "Magic" Johnson. That just might come up.

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