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We are just a few months away from finally getting to see Duke’s Jabari Parker in action at the collegiate level.
Parker is one of the most versatile recruits in several years.
Not many players his size can do what the 6’8” forward from Chicago can do.
Because he has so many weapons in his arsenal, it is difficult for opponents to match up with him.
Put a big on him, and he will step outside and operate. Put someone his size or smaller on him, and Parker can go down low and beat up on his defenders.
Because of the lack of front court talent on this year’s Duke roster, Parker may be forced to play out of position a high percentage of the time.
He already is likely to play a hybrid PF instead of his natural small forward position.
In some possible lineups, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski could even position Parker at the 5.
He can effectively handle any of this on the offensive end of the court. Where he might run into some trouble playing on the block is on the defensive end.
Post defense against opponents' power forwards and centers starts to put Parker into a challenging situation. He has good size for a SF, but he is slightly undersized in terms of having to regularly check opponents down low.