Jabari Parker's impressive offensive talent and skill at such a young age has already created a buzz in basketball circles. Once fans see what he can do in an NBA system, they'll storm the turnstiles to watch him play
En route to 19.1 points per game as a freshman, the Duke megastar displayed the inside-out takeover ability that's captivating.
Along with the scoring polish and size (6'8", 241 pounds), the Chicago native shows maturity and leadership in every circumstance: He'll be the kind of competitor that fans get behind. His combination of gracefulness and intensity is magnetic.
One NBA scout explained why Parker is so appealing to fans, coaches and current NBA players, per Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders: "He has the 'it' factor, smoothness and intangibles. Nobody says a bad thing about him. Even players in the league who know him speak very positively about him. He seems like a great kid and someone who would be great in a locker room. He’s very talented."
He's only a teenager, yet he's already been on the cover of Sports Illustrated three times. If he comes anywhere close to meeting expectations on the court, he'll put scores of spectators in the seats and reel in a considerable television audience.
Parker's popularity will also be boosted by his marketable personality, as he's a likable young man. He has the potential to be one of those elite "faces of the NBA" like Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
Dan O'Brien covers the NBA draft for Bleacher Report.