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Draft Prospect Friday: Jabari Parker vs Andrew Wiggins – Who is the better high school prospect?

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The two most hyped pre-NBA prospects are not in the 2013 draft. SF Jabari Parker looks to be a top pick in 2014 and SG/SF Andrew Wiggins in 2015, unless he can reclassify to the year before and go to college a year early. Right now Wiggins is ranked ahead by consensus rankings. But who is the more talented prospect?

SF Jabari Parker

Physical impact: Jabari has terrific size and strength for a SF, allowing him to finish at the rim and shoot his jumper over opponents. He does not have the most explosive first step in the world. Score: 6

Skill: Jabari is one of the most skilled players in high school. He can shoot from all over the court and has a strong passing game. For a small forward, his skill talent can be devastating. Score: 10

Feel for the Game: Jabari’s strength, his feel for the game and smoothness to his offensive is simply tremendous. Score: 10

Total score: 26 (Superstar talent score)

Overall analysis: Jabari’s combination of size, shooting/passing skill and elite feel for the game is possibly devastating. He looks like a player made to score over 25 points a game in the NBA in the way Paul Pierce, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Durant’s combination of size, skill and feel are/were devastating scorers. High end: Paul Pierce, Middle ground: Danillo Gallinari, Low end: Harrison Barnes

SG/SF Andrew Wiggins

Physical impact: Wiggins is a great athlete, with a terrific mix of agility and size. He does not have an incredible first step but should have the tools to attack the rim decently. Score: 7

Skill: Wiggins is a player that should grow into his skill game, but the form on his outside jumpshot, floaters, etc. and ability to create offense off the dribble appears to be pretty solid. Score: 6

Feel for the Game: Like Jabari this is where Wiggins stands out the most, as he has a special smoothness and fluidity to his game and always seems to be in the right place. Score: 10

Total score: 23 (All-star talent score)

Overall analysis: Wiggins looks like he can be a prototype all-star wing. He’s extremely smooth and fluid, is an agile athlete with good size, and should eventually have a shooting game inside and outside the arc. High end: James Harden Middle ground: Rip Hamilton, Low end: Demar Derozan

Final thoughts: Both of these prospects have a great combination, an elite feel for the game and strong physical tools for their position. The main difference between them I see is in skill. Jabari looks like he can be one of the most skilled SFs in the league, while Wiggins is more raw in the area and unproven for a SG. While he looks to have a strong base to add skills, he’s not as far ahead as Jabari in the area. Both players look like all-star to franchise talents at the wing position to me but I would feel more confident in Parker’s upside and chance to become a superstar.

By Julien Rodger

Twitter: @ASFW_jrodger

Email: julienrodger@gmail.com (If I get enough questions, I’ll answer them in a mailbag)

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Written by jr.

October 5, 2012 at 4:45 pm

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  1. How can Harrison Barnes be your low end comparison? We don’t even know how good he is gonna be yet. And I bet he ends up better than Danillo Gallinari.

    Will

    October 6, 2012 at 11:01 pm

  2. wow…its like you have never even watch Wiggins play.

    ws

    October 8, 2012 at 12:43 pm


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