With his offensive versatility, exceptional size and limitless talent, 5-star recruit and recent Duke commitment Jabari Parker will have the opportunity to become an instant collegiate star for the Blue Devils when he sets foot on the Durham campus for the 2013-14 season.
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski must be giddy to get Parker into the fold, especially with three of his top four current scorers in Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee due to graduate.
ESPN Stats & Info highlighted just how big Parker's commitment was to the continued success of the Blue Devils' program:
With Jabari Parker's verbal commitment, Duke moves from No. 15 to No. 4 in the ESPN RecruitingNation class rankings.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 21, 2012
No matter who Coach K brings in, Parker is virtually guaranteed a spot in the starting lineup with the departure of the key Duke seniors. At 6'8" and 215 pounds, Parker still has plenty of room to fill out his frame. After all, he is only 17 years old, which means he hasn't even gotten his true grown man strength yet.
By that time, who knows? He could turn into a physical specimen at least somewhat comparable to LeBron James.
Either way, Krzyzewski's reliance on the three-point shot is no secret, and Parker already has that kind of range. Not to mention, he can take opponents off the dribble with ease, and finish at the rim with explosiveness.
Combine that with a precocious post game with a myriad of moves already in his arsenal, and it makes for a pretty lethal offensive skill set.
Parker is also an underrated passer, according to B/R's NBA Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman. That allows him to plug in at just about any position from point guard to power forward in Coach K's perimeter-style attack.
Likely to be utilized on the interior at least earlier on in his career, Parker should start at either the 3 or the 4. Duke's current class lacks any big men coming in (h/t ESPN), and Parker can still stretch the floor playing power forward as long as the Blue Devils have an anchor in the paint.
Quinn Cook is a stellar sophomore point guard, and sweet-shooting freshman Rasheed Sulaimon provides plenty of scoring in the backcourt for the next season and should only get better as his first year progresses.
Another Plumlee—Marshall—will be counted on in his second year to be that interior force for the Blue Devils that his brother currently is. Assuming he continues to develop his post game, learns from his sibling and rebounds well, he should plug in just fine.
The future is bright for Parker, and regardless of where he settles in the Blue Devils' starting lineup, he will have the supporting cast and the means to succeed right away.
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