Duke Freshman Jabari Parker Lives Up to Hype with Coast-to-Coast Monster Jam (Video)
When it comes to Duke basketball, it can be hard to distinguish hype from reality. Is Mike Krzyzewski the best coach in college basketball? Quite possibly. Is Duke formidable every year? Absolutely. Is the Cameron Indoor Stadium one of the best venues in all of college sports? Sure. Still, mostly because of ESPN’s obsession with the ACC, people act like Duke is the favorite to win a championship every single year, and they’re not. They won in 2010, they won in 2001, and they won in 1991 and 1992. That’s probably more than your school has won—I can tell, you’re an Arizona fan, aren’t you?—but they’re not championship material every year. They’re just a great program.
I mention all this only to provide some context for a discussion of Blue Devils freshman Jabari Parker. You see, it would be easy to assume that, because he’s playing for Duke, all the hype surrounding this kid is overblown—that’s it’s just another product of ESPN’s talking heads.
Well, it’s not. This kid is absolutely the real deal. Last night, playing against East Carolina, Parker became only the second player in school history to score at least 20 points in the first five games of his career. And he did it by grabbing a defensive rebound, taking it coast-to-coast, and then dunking in East Carolina’s face.
Take a look:
The freshman finished with 21 points, nine rebounds, and six blocks.
So yeah, he’s pretty good.