Jabari Parker is one of the best and brightest young college basketball players. Parker seems like one of the more NBA ready prospects while posting 22.1 PPG and 7.8 RPG for the Duke Blue Devils so far during the season. One common pro Parker has been compared to has been New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. Parker was fine with the comparison:
“Yeah, it’s a good comparison,” Parker said after going for 23 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists as Duke beat UCLA, 80-63, in front of a capacity crowd that included Bruce Springsteen, Tyson Chandler and Tim Hardaway Jr. “He mastered the fundamentals. He’s always good at his craft. He works on it and that’s a person I’ve been looking up to, so yeah, that’s good compliment.”
UCLA head coach Steve Alford also chimed in:
“I know we’re in New York City, but there’s a lot of Melo in him as far as guy that can stretch you to the 3-point line,” Alford said. “He can drive the basketball. He creates space off the dribble to get jump shots. He can take you to the post, so I just think he’s a very, very talented, gifted player. And you don’t see a lot who are this polished 10, 11 games into their freshman year.”
Some people might take that a little too far and complain about Melo's lack of winning at the NBA level. We live in a "count the ringzzzz" era of basketball where a championship ring is the end all be all to being a great player. Either way, Parker's abilities on the floor will do the talking as to what player he will be in the NBA style of play.