My quick impessions---he seems to be a legit 6'8" and I've read he's still growing. Very good athlete, but not a freak type athlete; versatile and smart. He can shoot from long range, score near the basket with finesse, handle well, and pass well. Not sure what the final numbers were, but his shooting percentage dropped off after a quick start; he was 6-17 at one point. He tended to drift outside and Simeon didn't seem to look for him as much as they might. Comparing his game to others? Some Grant Hill, maybe some Carmelo Anthony.
The announcer and analysts just raved about what a quality young man he is....very hard worker, good student, very good grasp of the game, keeps adding facets to his game (he had a very nice floater from about 8 to 10 feet that you rarely see from a guy his size). One announcer also mentioned that while Jabari has excellent pro potential, some wouldn't be surprised to see him spend more than one year in college, a la Harrison Barnes or Jared Sullinger.
Has a list of 10(!) schools that includes Duke. Some thought that he would prefer to stay in Chicago area for family and friends, but nothing definite.
Just my .02, but from his play and comments about him, Jabari seems to be a guy who could develop a very strong relationship with Coach K. Hope so.
The biggest difference I see is that Ky is a NBA prep school and Duke is an institution that develops more in a young man than athletics especially from teachers like our head basketball coach. One blown out knee at Ky and your probably taught how to correctly ask if your customer would like fries with his order. Duke make leader's. Leaders on the court (our current challenge) and just as important, leaders in our society. That's just my take for what it's worth. I'm proud of Duke! Go Devils!
I guess we should start plugging away at this thread now. I recall Nerlens was ranked behind Jabari when he was a part of the 2013 class. Now he's ahead of Bazz in 2012. Says a lot about Jabari with respect to his stature among these elite talents. Bazz can now pass the baton off to Jabari as the blue chip crush du jour.
I know Jabari is an NBA three, but it seems like it'd be in everybody's best interests for him to play the Deng/Battier PF position at Duke... which he could likely step right in and do.
Talent-wise, it sounds like both Bazz and Parker are total studs and impact players, regardless of position. With Bazz, though, if we didn't get him after UCLA took Larry Drew, had a disastrous year with empty stands, had Josh Smith play fat and disinterested, had the SI article, which, while not totally scandalous certainly didn't make Howland sound like a great leader or a likable guy, and a history of playing slow even with Westbrook, then we just weren't going to get him. Not suggesting that Bazz was insincere or played K, but he was probably leaning heavily to UCLA from the start.
By contrast, Parker has been said to be a Duke lean from the start. He's from K's old home turf in Chicago. He could bring some buzz back to Duke and may help us with Randle, too.
Could he be our most important recruit since J Will? Kyrie could have been up there had he not gotten injured. If we miss on Parker, there's no hiding that it will be a major blow from a talent and a perception standpoint.
I like what I'm hearing about J. Parker. Hard to know how critical he'll be at this point; if Murphy blows up this year then maybe we won't feel like we absolutely have to have him. Obviously we wouldn't turn down his talent, but I think there's a difference between a must-get and a would-like-to-get. I don't see why a 6'7 guy with a developed physique couldn't play the 4 in our system, plus he's got another year to grow.
It's just hard to say what we'll need most a year from now. My guess is that we'll be strongest at SG and SF, but that's purely a guess.
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Having said that, if Parker can come in and play at an AA level, like Kyrie would have been without getting hurt, then I can see him or any other one and done being the most important player to the program on that year's team. Weren't Kyrie, Austin, Deng, and Maggette all the most important recruits to the program from their respective classes? Neither of them were more important than Singler, Hill, Battier, etc., but I think their contributions during their relatively short time on campus were more important to the Duke program than the contributions of many good players over the course of their entire four year careers. I'm not saying we should indiscriminately recruit one and dones, but if a guy is talented enough to be one and done and has the character to fit into the Duke family, then I support Coach K going after him and don't think it's hyperbole to say that he is the most important recruit in his class for the Duke program.