Jabari Parker Lives Up to Hype in First Career Game for Duke Blue Devils

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IINovember 8, 2013

Fans of the Duke Blue Devils were anxiously awaiting the debut of freshman Jabari Parker, and he certainly lived up to the hype in the win over Davidson Friday night.

The No. 4 Blue Devils won 111-77 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, simply dominating the Wildcats.  Rodney Hood, Quinn Cook, Rasheed Sulaimon and Parker all finished with at least 20 points, and the team shot 70.4 percent from the field.

Parker finished with 22 points in the game, going 8-of-10 from the field and 3-of-3 from behind the arc in just 23 minutes. He also finished with six rebounds, two assists and a block.

Oh, and he had this nifty slam dunk on a terrific alley-oop pass.

The expectations were high for Parker heading in. The ACC preseason Rookie of the Year, Parker was a 5-star recruit and the No. 4 overall player in the nation, according to Rivals.com. ESPN had him as the No. 2 overall player in their ESPN 100 rankings.

What made Parker such a big-time recruit coming out of high school was his incredible athleticism and size for a small forward. At 6'8'', he can guard almost anyone on the court.

Against the overmatched Davidson defenders, he clearly looked like an explosive player that liked to attack off the dribble and did a great job scoring in the paint.

It also seems quite clear that Parker had been working on his jump shot before the season, as he made all three of his attempts from long range.

In what could very well be one of the greatest freshman classes in the history of college basketball, Parker stood out on Friday, and that's bad news for the rest of the ACC.