Duke Basketball: Analyzing 2013 Duke Recruits in McDonald's All-American Game

Chad LykinsFeatured ColumnistApril 4, 2013

Duke Basketball: Analyzing 2013 Duke Recruits in McDonald's All-American Game

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    The stage was set inside the United Center in Chicago on Wednesday night, as 25 of the elite players from the high school senior class were on display in the 2013 McDonald's All-American Game.

    Two of the three Duke basketball recruitsJabari Parker and Matt Jones—represented the Blue Devils as teammates for the West team, who came away with the 110-99 victory in this year's event.

    In the following slides, I will break down each player's performance in the game and how they will fit into 2013-14 Duke roster. 

Jabari Parker

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    Despite a tough shooting night in front of the hometown crowd, Jabari Parker was still capable of finishing with a stellar all-around game. 

    The Chicago native ended his evening with 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting and eight rebounds while also displaying great intensity on the defensive end. He also stole two passes and blocked two shots. 

    Parker was the subject of one of the more anticipated matchups of the night with Andrew Wiggins, the top ranked player in the class of 2013. The Duke commit was the former occupant of that top ranking until Wiggins decided to reclassify at the beginning of the season. 

    A do-it-all forward, Parker will enter his freshman season with an inordinate amount of pressure to succeed.

    He is a program-changer with a vast array of skill within his game. Parker possesses the rare combination of talent, size and intelligence to become a player of the year candidate in what could be his only season at Duke.

    Already labeled as the best player for the Blue Devils next year, the consensus top three ranked senior should have no problem answering each and every challenge that will come his way at the college level.

Matt Jones

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    Limited with the second-lowest number of minutes played for the West team, Matt Jones had little impact in the 36th annual McDonald's All-American Game.

    The sweet-shooting guard from DeSoto, Texas, finished with four points on 2-of-4 shooting in 13 minutes. A three-point marksman, Jones missed both of his attempts from the outside. 

    Although he was shut out from beyond the arc, Jones is arguably the best pure shooter in the senior class with terrific range. Primarily known as a catch-and-shoot player, Jones has developed into a high-volume scorer with improved dribble penetration.

    Likely not to be a valuable contributor next season, Jones will be a terrific four-year player for the Blue Devils, as he will join an extremely lengthy list of tremendous shooters to play for Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski.