Before the country went crazy over the kid from Canada, Jabari Parker was the Sports Illustrated cover boy every college coach wanted. Considered the number one high school player in the country while at the storied Simeon High School in Chicago, Parker’s skill set, size and scoring ability had the masses comparing him to the likes of Carmelo Anthony. As Parker’s game grew, Wiggins stole his thunder by forgoing his junior season and reclassifying into the 2013 graduating class. Given his LeBron like athleticism and off the charts potential, he swiped the consensus number one spot from under the Chicago natives Nikes.
Much like the two pros they’re compared to, Wiggins and Parker will forever be linked in their prep to pro journey’s. Tonight, college basketball gets the first glance at the two of them as Kansas travels to Chicago to face Duke in the State Farm Champions Classic. Kansas and Duke both start the season off undefeated with wins over Louisiana at Monroe and Davidson, respectively. With the game basically in Parker’s patio, there’s added motivation for him to rep Chi-raq on the court as best he can: handing Kansas a 30-piece and a loss.
Don’t think Wiggins, along with his fellow Rock Chalk frosh’s Joel Embiid and Wayne Seldon will fall to Blue Devil duo of Parker and Quinn Cook easily, In fact, I can’t even give a solid prediction on who will win. There’s just too much blue shaded talent to choose from. What I can say is the Jayhawks are Division 1 college basketball’s all-time winningest program at 2,112 wins, but the Blue Devils lead 7-2 in the history of the meetings between the two schools. Whichever devastatingly talented Diaper Dandy leads his team to a victory will slightly tip the scale in his favor as they both jockey for position in the 2014 NBA draft.
Word to Dickie V.