Jabari Parker's Co-MVP Award Shows Duke Recruit Is Prepared for Next Level

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIApril 14, 2013

April 3, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA;  McDonald's All American forward Jabari Parker (22) poses for portraits before the 36th McDonalds All American Games to be played at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
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Jabari Parker will be one of the most exciting players in college basketball next season, and his performance at the Jordan Brand Classic showed just that.

The Duke recruit was named the co-MVP for the high school all-star game along with Julius Randle, the recruit for Kentucky.  Parker finished with 16 points and seven rebounds and led the West team to the 102-98 win.  A big night at the Barclays Center may not put Parker as the top player in the country, but it’s certainly nice to receive the co-MVP award.

This award was just one of many that Parker has received this year.  He was also been named an All-American, National Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball in Illinois.  According to ESPN.com, Parker is the No. 2-ranked recruit in the country, behind only Andrew Wiggins.

Parker was a highly sought-after recruit.  He is an excellent player in the paint, either driving to the basket or playing in the post.  He may not be the athletic monster that Wiggins is, but he’s a better ball-handler and has a better game outside of the paint.

Once Parker gets to Duke, he will already be ready to play in the ACC.  His skills will translate very well to the college level, and he will excel for the Blue Devils.

The Blue Devils will certainly be happy to have an impact player in Parker, especially after the departures of their top contributors from last season.  Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee will all be graduating in May, leaving the team without its three best players.

At 6’8’’, Parker will be able to come in and play as either a small or power forward for the team.  He is physical enough to play down low, but also possesses the talent to play behind the arc.  He’s a threat to score from anywhere on the court, and Coach K will be thrilled to see him in action over the next season. 

When it comes to high school recruits, it doesn’t get much better than Parker.  With how good this guy is, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him jump to the NBA after just one year in college.