College Basketball Recruiting: Parker Stays on Top, Randle Falls in Rankings

Rollin YeattsFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2012

Jan 16, 2012; Springfield, MA, USA; Chicago Simeon Wolverines forward Jabari Parker (22) holds the ball while being guarded by Findlay Pilots forward Winston Shepard (right) during the first half at Blake Arena.  Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

Now that the final evaluation period has passed us by, released their updated rankings today for the 2013 crop of college basketball recruits. Jabari Parker managed to retain his crown as the top prospect, while Julius Randle fell victim to the Harrison twins, Andrew and Aaron.

While some may disagree who is the best between the four aforementioned players, I don't think Parker's injury should have cost him the No. 1 overall ranking. According to his father, Jabari Parker should be ready to go when the season hits.

If they were going with Parker at No. 1 before he fractured his heel, then it should be that way after, considering it doesn't threaten his career or ability. That seems to have been's view on the matter, too.

With a great feel for the pace of the game and tremendous size to boot, Andrew Harrison took over Julius Randle's spot at No. 2. The top-ranked point guard stands at 6'5" and 210 pounds—big enough to play shooting guard and dominate at point.

His brother Aaron slid into the No. 3 spot, knocking Randle down one more spot. His game is much like his twin brother's, but his mentality is to put up treys and score at will. Andrew has five pounds on him and is considered the more versatile of the pair, which is why he currently holds bragging rights over Aaron.

If you thought Markieff and Marcus Morris were fun to watch in Kansas, wait until you see this 1-2 combo at work. The twins will be a package deal and they are considering Baylor, Kentucky, Maryland, SMU and Villanova.

After taking a beating by the twins, Julius Randle has to settle into the No. 4 slot in the 2013 rankings. Though he has everything you could possibly want in a power forward, he did show some weaknesses during the Super Showcase—especially in the first half versus Each One Teach One.

I don't feel it was enough to warrant the drop, but he does need to learn how to gear down.

Fellow power forward Aaron Gordan rounds out the top five. And, notably, Troy Williams sits at No. 40 after his massive drop from the top 10 in May.

Some of us may disagree about the positioning of the top four players, but it's hard to go wrong with any of them as the top players in their class. These guys are viewing the world from the same mountaintop.