ACC Basketball

Freshmen Orientation: Jabari Parker

jabari parker

Name: Jabari Parker

School: Duke

Position: Combo Forward

Measurements: 6-7/215

From: Chicago, Illinois

High School: Simeon Vocational H.S.

AAU Team: Mac Irvin

Twitter: @jnewkirk1


ESPN: 5-Star | #2 Rated SF | #2 Overall

Scout: 5-Star | #2 Rated SF | #2 Overall

Rivals: 5-Star | #2 Rated SF | #3 Overall

247Sports: 5-Star | #3 Rated SF | #6 Overall

Quick Thoughts:

Without any doubt, Jabari Parker will easily be the best rookie in the ACC, with the skill set to earn ACC player of the year. Yes, he’s that good.

Arguable the next Carmelo Anthony. Parker can do just about anything. He’s got great size, good length and works effortlessly around the rim.

He’s got God-given scoring instincts. He can score down low in traffic, he’s got a solid mid-range shot and has no problem nailing a three-pointer.

Coaches gush about his basketball IQ. He always plays under control and looks to make everyone around him better.

However, even the greatest basketball players have something they need to work on and so does Parker.

While he has a nice turnaround jumper, he doesn’t have a ton of post-up moves. He’ll need more, since he’ll be asked to primarily play the four spot at Duke.

He’s a skilled rebounder and shot blocker on the defensive end, but he lacks lateral quickness, so he can struggle guarding smaller opponents.

Overall he’s not a superior athlete like Andrew Wiggins. His first-step isn’t going to blow anyone away and he certainly could turn of his weight into muscle. If he finds an elite defender guarding him, he has a tendency to settle for long jumper.

Freshman Outlook:

Parker will not only be a starter as a freshman, he’ll be a star. Walking onto campus, he’s Duke’s go-to guy. When the game is on the line, the ball will be in his hands.

Like I said before, he’ll start at power forward, but look for him to play some point-forward, looking to create matchup problems. Coach K will surround Parker with a legit amount of three-point shooters (Quinn Cook, Rasheed Sulaimon, Matt Jones, Andrea Dawkins, Tyler Thornton) and let him go to work…think LeBron James and the Miami Heat.

He’s easily a one and done. He should have no problem earning first-team ALL-ACC, with a shot at both ACC Player of the Year and National Player of the Year. Yes, that good.


  1. Anonymous

    June 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Andrea Dawkins and Andre Van Nest approve of this evaluation.

    • Anonymous

      March 16, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      I love Andrea Dawkins! Can’t understand why Coach K don’t play him more especially when he’s hitting the 3’s ( him, Hood & Cook are my main guys).Love you guys!

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