Duke Basketball: Head-to-Toe Comparison of Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins

David AldridgeFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2013

Duke Basketball: Head-to-Toe Comparison of Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins

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    Is Andrew Wiggins the next LeBron James? Is Jabari Parker the next LeBron James?

    Both have had the question asked of them during their high school playing careers, which should make Frank Vogel a little nervous.

    As the top two high school basketball players in the country, Wiggins and Parker are regularly compared to each other. There is great debate about which one will be more successful in college and the NBA.

    Let's take a look at how these two talented recruits measure up against one another.

Footwork

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    According to the Scout.com profiles on Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker, they both have great footwork for players coming out of high school.

    Wiggins is more likely to make plays in the open court and beat people off the dribble in transition while Parker has developed more of a low-post game. However, Parker is also fully capable of running the floor and finishing at the rim.

    Wiggins is more of a slasher. His vertical jump has been measured at 44", making him an incredibly athletic 6'8" wing player.

    Both players have footwork that makes them capable of highlight-reel plays—Wiggins will likely be the more explosive one, and Parker's game is silky smooth.

Speed

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    At 6'8" and 205 pounds, Andrew Wiggins has the look of a gazelle in the open floor.

    His size and speed make him a tough cover for any defense. He's athletic enough to adjust his body to knock down difficult shots.

    Jabari Parker is not as fast as Wiggins in the open court, but he's still fast enough that he can be used in multiple roles by Mike Krzyzewski. With his physical frame, Parker can use his speed against bigger defenders to get where he wants with the ball.

    When it comes to speed, Wiggins has the advantage.

    Yet speed isn't as important when a team is forced to play more in the half court, which often happens in the NCAA tournament.

Hands

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    Andrew Wiggins has good hands to go along with his ridiculously long 7' wingspan. With this wingspan and his athletic ability, Wiggins has the potential to turn himself into a defensive force by creating havoc in the passing lanes with his hands.

    Wiggins also has great shooting touch and can be counted on to knock down perimeter shots, which will serve him well in Kansas' motion offense. He should be able to transition nicely into the role Ben McLemore had for the Jayhawks last season.

    One of the biggest strengths of Jabari Parker's game is his hands.

    He is the type of player who can grab a defensive rebound, dribble the ball the length of the floor and finish in the lane.

    Parker also knows how to distribute the ball to his teammates and post up defenders in the lane.

    The slight advantage here goes to Jabari Parker.

Size

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    Both players have a very similar frame that translates well to college and the NBA.

    Wiggins is the taller and longer of the two, which is why he's drawn comparisons to Kevin Durant. Parker is an inch shorter than Wiggins at 6'7", but he's 10 pounds heavier, according to Scout.com.

    Parker struggled with his weight earlier this season when he was sidelined due to a foot injury, but he appears to be in better shape now.

    Neither should have any trouble transitioning to the physicality of the Big 12 and ACC. Kansas and Duke have enough talent that neither player will have to shoulder all the responsibility.

Mentality

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    During the course of his high school career, Jabari Parker developed the reputation of being a player who refuses to lose. That tends to happen when you lead your high school team to four consecutive state championships.

    His relentless drive to win and mental makeup is part of what makes him such a great fit to play for Mike Krzyzewski.

    In one of the few weaknesses scouts have mentioned about Andrew Wiggins, DraftExpress.com stated that he may lack the killer instinct and desire to be a go-to star for a team.

    He also has the physical tools to be a great defender but needs to be willing to compete on the defensive end.

    While both players have all the physical tools, Jabari Parker has the advantage between the ears.