Williams: Duke's Parker would go number one
Posted November 13, 2013
Duke took the national spotlight Tuesday night against Kansas as basketball fans enjoyed top-tier basketball in November, a rarity this time of year.
“We need to own more days like that where we can capture all the eyeballs of fans across the country and the world,” ESPN analyst Jay Williams told Adam Gold and Joe Ovies on 99FM The Fan Wednesday.
Williams said during his first big game as a freshman at Duke he was so rattled but that that was not the case Tuesday night for Duke freshmen Jabari Parker.
“For him to come out and for his first game be in the city of Chicago, at the United Center a place that he’s always dreamed of being a professional at, also the same gym that Derrick Rose is playing at right now, they went to the same high school,” said Williams. “It says a lot about these young players that they can perform like that on that stage with that kind of pressure.”
Many believe the top recruits in the 2013 freshman class, Kentucky’s Julius Randle, Duke’s Parker and Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins, will go 1-2-3 in the 2014 NBA Draft and Williams agreed.
“Based upon last night I would have Jabari number one, Julius Randle number two and then Andrew Wiggins number three. The reason I would have Wiggins number three is because athletically he is a freak of nature,” said Williams. “But I know that when I watch Jabari or Julius Randle they don’t have to turn that switch on. They want to cut your throat, if they have you on the ground they’re going to keep stomping on you; they want to make sure you understand they’re the best player in the gym.”
The season is just beginning and with a lot of basketball to play who becomes that number one selection may change and for now everyone is just trying to be that number one team in March.
“For Duke to be a national title team they need to have great guard play because they have to make up for the void that they have down low,” said Williams. “They all need to gang rebound, if they don’t play defense, and keep their man in front of them, and they don’t gang rebound, they’re going to get beat.”