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.”


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  • dmccall Nov 13, 2013

    What an objective source.

  • Hammerhead Nov 13, 2013

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    Especially after what, 2 games?

  • LUKECAGE Nov 13, 2013

    Really? Based on his tremendous body of work of 2 games? Pump your brakes Jay; it's a long season.

  • dooksucks_2 Nov 13, 2013

    One and done.

  • mxteam44 Nov 13, 2013

    From what I've seen so far, the dude can flat out play, and is a team player. I sure hope we don't have to see him after this season! :-)

    Go Heels!!!!

  • DurhamDevil Nov 14, 2013

    I wish Jabari Parker the best.

    I also wish Duke would quit going after the one-and-done players...I don't care how good they are. They have won 4 national championships with TEAM players. How many did Maggette, Irving, and Deng win?

  • Toddler10-21 Nov 14, 2013

    Devil I see your point. The only thing I can say is, win when you have them for that one year, Carmelo, Davis, .

  • 903 Hook em banned Nov 14, 2013

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    Jabari has never said he is only staying at Duke for one year.

    Everyone thought Marcus Smart would leave after one season and he stayed this year despite being projected at #2 in mock drafts, so crazier things have happened...

  • DurhamDevil Nov 14, 2013

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    OK, maybe I am just "old school", but as the child of a Duke graduate and having grown up on the Duke campus while attending well over 500 Duke basketball games, I think there is something to be said for commitment.

    Allowing someone to come in, play ball for a year and having no obligation to the university to earn their degree, I just have a problem with. Duke University has an 89% 4-year graduation rate. This should apply to ALL students at Duke - I don't care how well they can play ball.

  • BlueDevils00 Nov 15, 2013

    Jabari will be back for next year.




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